Dale Romans

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    Dale Romans
    record at keeneland
    total wins:128
    stakes wins:16
    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
    August 14, 1966 in Louisville, Ky.

    At Keeneland (through October 2017):

    • During the 2017 Fall Meet earned his fourth victory in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with Free Drop Billy. Past winners are Dawn of War in 2005; Dullahan, 2011; Brody’s Cause, 2015. Dullahan and Brody's Cause won the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) the following April.

    • 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.
    • Late father, Jerry Romans, won 13 races at Keeneland from 1969-1998.

    Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass:




    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




    • 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 $100 million with 1,939 wins through Nov. 19, 2017.
    • Became all-time leading trainer by wins at Churchill Downs when he sent out Storm Runner to win the sixth race on Nov. 12 for his 703rd victory at the track to pass Bill Mott.
    • Has been a leading trainer at Churchill, Ellis Park, Keeneland and Turfway Park.
    • 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.
    • In 2014, won 83 races and with earnings of $5,304,803. Won four Grade 2 races at Churchill: Fleur des Lis and Chilukki (both with Molly Morgan), Firecracker (Silver Max) and Pocahontas (Cristina’s Journey).
    • Voted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award for 2012.
    • Won 1,000th race on June 14, 2006, at Churchill Downs with C F O Lite.
    • Won 2005 Dubai World Cup (G1) with Roses in May.
    • Purchased Miss Mindy, his first winner, for $1,500 and proceeded to win three races in a row with her before she was claimed from him.
    • Vice president of the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.


    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.



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