KENT DESORMEAUX: “He did it very easy. Pete told me to let the other horses go today and let this guy finish up the last half mile. It made my job easy. He’s a super horse. I wanna say, he’s the best sprinter I’ve ever ridden.”
When told Roy H was “back.” “He never left!!”
PETER MILLER, ROY H, WINNER: “Kent and I had talked about just taking it to them (as far as strategy) because we felt like we had the best horse and I think we could have, but we thought better of it and it worked out well.
“It was our first race of the year, we didn’t want to change his style; $200,000 is a big race, but it’s not the biggest race we’re going to run in this year. Kent did a great job of just letting him settle and moving around there at will. I just have to give Kent a lot of credit, and my assistant, Ruben Alvarado, who’s done a super job with this horse at Santa Anita, and Rockingham Ranch for giving me the chance.
“I’d say the Triple Bend (Grade I, $400,000, at seven furlongs on March 10) and then the Golden Shaheen (in Dubai on March 31), that would probably be what we’d do, but one day at a time, one race at a time . . . The horse has been a model of consistency. I don’t think I’ve ever had a horse put in seven top races in a row like he has against top quality horses. He’s certainly the best sprinter I’ve ever trained.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Rockingham Ranch and David A. Bernsen, LLC.