by Breeders' Cup Notes Team
November 3, 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2018) – Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen’s Roy H ($7.40) swept past front-running Promises Fulfilled at the top of the stretch and cruised to a 3 1/4-length victory over a rallying Whitmore to win the 35th running of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) for 3-year-olds and up Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Paco Lopez, Roy H covered the six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:08.24. The victory is the first in the World Championships for Lopez and fourth for Miller, who earlier in the program repeated in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint with Stormy Liberal.
A one-length winner of this race last year at Del Mar, Roy H joins Midnight Lute (2007-08) as the only repeat winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Miller is the first trainer to saddle back-to-back winners of the same two races in Breeders’ Cup history.
A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready out of the Elusive Quality mare Elusive Diva, Roy H has won four Grade 1 races.
Promises Fulfilled rocketed to the lead with an opening quarter-mile in :21.35 with Roy H racing third and in the clear on the outside. By the time the field reached the top of the stretch in :44.21, Roy H had swept past Promises Fulfilled and stablemate Distinctive B and quickly drew clear.
Whitmore closed from last place early to get second by 1 ¾ lengths over favored Imperial Hint with Promises Fulfilled finishing another three-quarters of a length back.