Roy H, making his first appearance in a stakes race as well as his first start away from California, looked right at home when he captured the $250,000 True North (G2) at Belmont June 9. The victory was his third in as many starts this year.
The five-year-old More Than Ready gelding brought $115,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Bred by Ramona Bass in Kentucky, Roy H was consigned by Claiborne Farm. He is out of the Elusive Quality mare Elusive Diva.
The next spring, he was resold at the April Two-Year-Olds in Training sale, and was hammered down for $310,000 from the Wavertree Stables' consignment.
In the True North, jockey Paco Lopez settled Roy H just off the pace behind the trio of Chief Lion, Green Gratto and Holy Boss during the first quarter of the six-furlong stakes. Roy H then swung three-wide coming off the turn, and kicked home to score by an impressive two and a half lengths in 1:08.59 over Stallwalkin' Dude.
Roy H now sports a record of four wins, three seconds and a third from 14 starts for owner Gary Hartunian and trainer Peter Miller.