Dale Romans

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    Dale Romans
    record at keeneland
    total wins:118
    stakes wins:14
    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 2015):

    • 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.
    • Grade 1 wins at Keeneland – 2015 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity with Brody's Cause; 2013 Shadwell Turf Mile with Silver Max; 2012 Toyota Blue Grass with Dullahan and First Lady with Tapitsfly; 2008 Shadwell Turf Mile with Thorn Song; and 2005 Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity with Dawn of War.
    • In 2014, won 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 (G1):





    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): 2012 Turf (G1) with Little Mike; 2011 Mile (G1) with longshot Court Vision; and 2009 Juvenile Fillies Turf with Tapitsfly.
    • Trained 2004 champion turf male Kitten’s Joy, winning six graded stakes with him during the year.
    • Career earnings as of mid-November 2015 are more than $92 million with 1,820 wins.
    • 2015 stakes wins include the Travers (G1) with Keen Ice, who defeated Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the race.
    • In 2014, won 83 races and with earnings of $5,304,803. Won four Grade 2 races at Churchill Downs during year: Fleur des Lis and Chilukki, both with Molly Morgan, Firecracker (Silver Max) and Pocahontas (Cristina’s Journey).
    • Leading trainer in 2014 at Churchill’s fall meet, and also finished tied for second in the spring and tied for third in September.
    • Won 84 races in 2013 and earned $4,867,694. Highlights included the Grade 1 victories by Silver Max in the Shadwell Turf Mile and Little Mike in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.
    • Leading trainer at Ellis Park in 2013 and tied for leading trainer at Churchill Downs’ September meet.
    • At Churchill, won the 2012 spring and fall (in a tie) meet titles, as well as the 2006 spring, 2005 spring and fall, 2003 spring and fall, and tied at the 2001 spring, 2000 spring and 1992 spring meets.
    • Won 125 races in 2012 and earned $11,834,249 to rank fourth among North America’s leading trainers by earnings. Figure marked most lucrative season of his career. In addition to winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Toyota Blue Grass and First Lady, he posted Grade 1 victories in the Just a Game (Tapitsfly), Clark and Metropolitan (Shackleford), Pacific Classic (Dullahan) and Arlington Million and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Little Mike).
    • Voted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award for 2012.
    • Won 87 races in 2011 and earned $7,686,493. Highlights included Shackleford’s victory in the Preakness (G1) and other Grade 1 wins in the Humana Distaff (Sassy Image), Just a Game (C. S. Silk), Princess Rooney (Sassy Image), Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (Dullahan) and Breeders’ Cup Mile (Court Vision).
    • 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.
    • Leading trainer at Turfway Park (1988 winter-spring meet and 2003 holiday meet in a tie).
    • Purchased Miss Mindy, his first winner, for $1,500 and proceeded to win three in a row with her before she was claimed from him.
    • Second 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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