Sprint Champion Roy H ‘Training Super’ For 2018 Debut In Palos Verdes

Roy H, the Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and favorite to win an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding male sprinter of 2017, is working forwardly for his 2018 debut in the Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes for four-year-olds and up at six furlongs Feb. 3 at Santa Anita.

“He’s doing great,” trainer Peter Miller said of the gelded son of More Than Ready owned by Rockingham Ranch and David Bernson. “Things couldn’t have gone better in the Breeders’ Cup. He came out of it great and we gave him a little break after that, just backed off him, but he’s training super now.”

Addressing the recovery process from the devastating Dec. 7 fire at San Luis Rey Downs where Miller had a large division, he said, “They’re cleaning it, trying to fix it up and reopen it. I’m thinking it will probably be another month or two.

“Right now, my horses are at Del Mar and Santa Anita.”

Through 15 days of the Winter Meet, Miller holds a 9-6 lead over runners-up Richard Baltas, Vladimir Cerin, Jerry Hollendorfer, Bob Baffert and Bill Morey, each deadlocked for second, Morey winning two races Saturday including the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes with Coniah and Kent Desormeaux, who ranks third in the jockey standings with 11 wins.

The leader with 17 wins is Evin Roman, who leaves for Gulfstream Park shortly where he is odds-on to accept an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding apprentice of 2017 at the 47th annual ceremony on Thursday.

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