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 April 2016):
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.
Late father, Jerry Romans, won 13 races at Keeneland from 1969-1998.
Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1):
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 (G1) with Court Vision and 2012 Turf (G1) with Little Mike.
Trained 2004 champion turf male Kitten’s Joy, winning six graded stakes with him during the year.
North American career earnings exceeded $94 with 1,845 wins through May 11, 2016.
Has earned training titles at four tracks in Kentucky: Churchill, Ellis, Keeneland and Turfway.
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).
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.
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.
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.