Dale Romans
Trainer Bios

Dale Romans

Born: August 14, 1966 in Louisville, Ky.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 132

Stakes Wins: 17

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2004 Whitney at Saratoga with Roses in May

First Stakes Win: 1991 Florence at Turfway Park with Morning Punch

First Graded Stakes Win: 1996 Fall Highweight (G2) at Aqueduct with Victor Avenue

First Career Win: Feb. 15, 1987, at Turfway Park with Miss Mindy

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass




2018 Free Drop Billy 4th
2018 Tiz Mischief 7th
2017 J Boys Echo 4th
2016 Brody's Cause Won
2016 Cherry Wine 3rd


Medal Count






Paddy O’Prado



First Dude



Halo Najib



Acceptable Venture


At Keeneland

Won the 2018 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) with Promises Fulfilled during the Fall Meet.

Sent sent out Free Drop Billy to win the 2017 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) during the Fall Meet.

Earned his second victory in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) when Brody's Cause won the race during the 2016 Spring Meet. Also won the race in 2012 with Dullahan. Both colts won the Breeders' Futurity (G1) during the previous Fall Meets.

Two-time leading trainer: 2001 Fall and 2002 Fall.

Won first Keeneland race during the 1988 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1993 Indian Summer with Little Shocker.

Other Grade 1 wins: 2005 Breeders' Futurity with Dawn of War, 2008 Shadwell Turf Mile with Thorn Song, 2012 First Lady with Tapitsfly and 2013 Shadwell Turf Mile with Silver Max.

In 2014, won the Transylvania (G3) with Medal Count and Hagyard Fayette (G3) with Pick of the Litter.

Father Jerry Romans won 13 races at Keeneland from 1969-1998.


Received 2012 Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer.

Triple Crown win: 2011 Preakness (G1) with Shackleford.

Breeders’ Cup wins (3): 2009 Juvenile Fillies Turf with Tapitsfly; 2011 Mile with Court Vision; 2012 Turf with Little Mike. 

Trained 2004 champion turf male Kitten’s Joy, winning six graded stakes with him during the year.

North American career earnings exceed $105 million with 1,997 wins through Dec. 2, 2018.

2017 earnings were $3,553,307 with 62 wins, including the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland with Free Drop Billy, Gotham (G3) with J Boys Echo and Regret (G3) with Sweeping Paddy.

2016 earnings were $4,549,369 with 56 wins, including Keeneland's Toyota Blue Grass (G2) with Brody's Cause and the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and Black-Eyed Susan (G2) with Go Maggie Go.

2015 earnings were $5,559,332. His 55 wins included the Travers (G1) with Keen Ice, who defeated Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and the La Troienne (G1) with Molly Morgan.

2014 earnings were $5,304,803 with 83 wins. Won four Grade 2 races at Churchill: Fleur des Lis and Chilukki (both with Molly Morgan), Firecracker (Silver Max) and Pocahontas (Cristina’s Journey).


Dale worked for his father, trainer Jerry Romans, “from the time I could walk,” he said. “I did everything and was his assistant the last couple of years I worked for him.” Dale was 18 when he took out his trainer’s license.

The elder Romans, who trained on the Kentucky circuit for nearly 35 years, was the leading trainer at Ellis Park twice and at Turfway Park once. He died in November 2000.

Dale bought a 105-acre farm in Central Kentucky and offered his first consignment of four horses at Keeneland’s 2012 September Yearling Sale under Romans Racing and Sales.

His longtime partner is former jockey Tammy Fox, who is an exercise rider for the Romans stable. In 1991, she became the first female rider to compete in the Blue Grass, riding fourth-place finisher Big Courage.