Champion Roy H takes on 10 Del Mar's Bing Crosby Stakes

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July 26, 2018 01:21pm
Champion sprinter Roy H, who clinched an Eclipse Award with his triumph in the $1.5 million  Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November at Del Mar, returns to the scene of his greatest victory Saturday when he races 10 formidable rivals in the Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes.

The six-furlong dash is a “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup with the winner receiving an automatic berth in the Sprint.

“It’s almost a mini Breeders’ Cup Sprint,” said Bob Hess Jr., who trains contender American Pastime. “Just a super deep field. I think anyone could win although Roy H is the obvious favorite.”

Roy H, a 6-year-old gelded son of More Than Ready trained by Peter Miller, was an unlucky runner-up in the 2017 Crosby when he was carried extremely wide turning into the stretch, losing by a length and one-half  to Ransom the Moon, one of his rivals Saturday. After taking the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, he won the Breeders' Cup Sprint by a length over Imperial Hint to earn his Eclipse Award.

Roy H has continued to prosper this year, winning the Palos Verdes at Santa Anita in February and then running a narrowly-beaten third behind Mind Your Biscuits in the Dubai Golden Shaheen March 31 at Meydan.

Kent Desormeaux has the call on Roy H, who will be opposed Saturday by Annie’s Candy, Evin Roman; American Pastime, Corey Nakatani; American Anthem, Mike Smith; the aforementioned Ransom the Moon, Flavien Prat; Tribal Storm, Irving Orozco; Stone Hands, Mario Gutierrez; St. Joe Bay, Tyler Baze; Edwards Going Left, Drayden Van Dyke; Touching Rainbows, Gary Stevens, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, Martin Pedroza.

Several of Roy H’s rivals appear dangerous to the favorite, including American Anthem, a winner of four of his last six outings, including the San Carlos; St. Joe Bay, beaten only a head in the San Carlos; Edwards Going Left, a hard-hitting sprinter who has won seven of 12 races, and eastern invader Stallwalkin’ Dude, winner of the Fall Highweight at Aqueduct last November.

Post time is 9 p.m. ET.


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