Breeders Cup and American Classic Victories
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (2009)
Preakness Stakes (2011)
Breeders' Cup Mile (2011)
Breeders' Cup Turf (2012)

International Victories

Dubai World Cup (2005)

Other Grade I Stakes Race Wins
Woodford Reserve Turf Classic
Metropolitan Handicap
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
Pacific Classic
Arlington Million
Shoemaker Mile
Blue Grass Stakes
Shadwell Turf Mile
Whitney Handicap
Princess Rooney Handicap
Breeders' Futurity (three times)
Just A Game (twice)
First Lady
Ruffian
Humana Distaff
Secretariat (twice)
Clark Handicap

Travers Stakes
La Troienne

Dale Romans

A licensed trainer since age 18, Dale Romans saddled his first winner on February 15, 1987, at Turfway Park. The son of renowned trainer Jerry Romans, a leading trainer at Turfway and twice leader at Ellis Park, Dale began working in his father's stable from literally the time he could walk. Romans also worked briefly for Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens. On May 30, 2003, Romans reached an impressive, although perhaps bittersweet, milestone: recording his 200th win at Churchill Downs, which just so happened to move Romans past his late father on Churchill's all-time victory list.

Dale oversees all aspects of the business, including the management of 100+ employees and the training of approximately 150 horses.

Among his most successful horses, Kitten's Joy won the Grade I Secretariat Stakes and the Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational in 2004. He went on to finish second that year in the Breeders' Cup Turf. This was enough to be voted the Eclipse Award for American Champion Male Turf Horse. In 2005 Roses in May provided Romans with the biggest payday of his career to date when he won the $6 million Dubai World Cup. He collected his first Breeders' Cup win in 2009 when Tapitsfly won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Kentucky Derby starters include:

  • 2006 Sharp Humor, finished 19th
  • 2010 Paddy O'Prado, finished 3rd
  • 2011 Shackleford, finished 4th
  • 2012 Dullahan, finished 3rd
  • 2014 Medal Count, finished 8th
  • 2015 Keen Ice, finished 7th
  • 2016 Brody's Cause, finished 7th

2012 - A Banner Year for Dale Romans
In January, 2013, Dale received the industry's prestigious Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer. With four horses winning multiple Grade One races: Little Mike, Dullahan, Shackleford and Tapitsfly, he earned 27 stakes victories at 12 different tracks. Earlier in 2012, he won the spring Churchill Downs training title later sharing the title with trainer Ken McPeek in the fall. Then, in December 2012, Romans was chosen as the winner of the Big Sport of Turfdom Award. This honor is 'bestowed upon a person or group of people who enhance coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and Thoroughbred racing publicists.'

Other Accomplishments and Awards

  • Career totals of 1,881 wins and purse winnings of more than $97.5M
  • Second most wins (639) in Churchill Downs history
  • Third Most Earnings ($28.2M) in Churchill Downs History
  • 14 Training Titles at Churchill Downs
  • 2 Training Titles at Keeneland Race Course
  • 2 Training Titles at Turfway Park
  • 42 Stakes Wins at Churchill Downs
  • Winner of 112 Graded Stakes Races, 30 of those are Grade I wins (as of Jan 1, 2017)

Dale is an active advocate for the sport serving/having served in volunteer leadership positions of various industry organizations, including,

  • Board of Directors, Kentucky HBPA
  • Board of Directors, Churchill Backside Health & Welfare Fund
  • Member, Churchill Downs Racing Committee
  • Member, Gulfstream Park Racing Committee


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Tammy Fox
Exercise Rider/Assistant Trainer

Long-time partner of Dale Romans, Tammy rides exclusively for Romans Racing. She hails from a racing family, having grown up around horses in New Orleans. Her dad, Billy Fox Sr., was a trainer and jockey at Fair Grounds Race Course and put her on a racehorse when she was 12. As a jockey, she won 236 races from 2,227 mounts in a career that lasted about 25 years, earning $3.5 million. She also appeared in the 2007 documentary “The First Saturday in May”

Baldemar Bahena
Lead Assistant Trainer

A lifelong horseman, Baldemar and Dale have worked in the business together since they were teenagers in the mid 1980s. Today, he oversees all daily aspects of the Romans training operation. He also manages the stable employees, the horses' workout schedules, and prepares them to race. Baldemar has long been considered Dale's right-hand-man and a co-partner in Romans Racing Stables.  Over the years, he has played a vital part in the many impressive Romans victories and milestones, including graded stakes winners and winners in the Dubai World Cup, Preakness Stakes, and Breeders' Cup.

Teresa Little
Farm General Manager & Vice-President Sales

Teresa joined the Romans team in 2011. As general manager of Romans Farm, she oversees the 110-acre property, including boarding, foaling, weaning, and sales prep. Additionally, she is the agent for Romans Racing & Sales. Teresa brings almost 30 years of experience to the team including 3 years working in sales alongside Duncan Taylor and an additional 5 years as an Account Manager at Taylor Made Sales Agency. She specializes in guiding clients though all facets of bloodstock needs.

Teresa literally has the industry in her veins. She is the daughter of Marvin "Junior" Little, breeder of 1991 Preakness and Belmont winner Hansel. That year, Hansel won the coveted Eclipse Award for Outstanding 3-Year-Old Male Horse. Marvin managed Virginia's famed Newstead Farm for 25 years before relocating back to Paris, Kentucky and starting the family's own Meadowlark Valley Farm.

Teresa is up from sunrise to sunset and if she isn't talking with clients, or planning matings, you can find her fixing fences or cleaning stalls. As Dale once said, "Teresa, on a scale of 1 to 10, you are an 11!" Her tenacity, attention to detail and no quit attitude is the reason why she is great at what she does and no doubt what will help Romans Farm come to the forefront of breeding, boarding, and selling thoroughbreds.

Among Teresa's many significant achievements in the industry:

  • Recruited and sold Grade 1 stakes winner Gozzip Girl for $1,500,000
  • Recruited and sold multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Society Selection for $1,850,000
  • Sold multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Tapitsfly at the Nov. 5 (2012) Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale for $1,850,000
 

Laura Hernan
Accounts Manager/Bookeeper

Laura began working for Dale Romans as a jockey and actually rode Dale's first winning horse. Since that time she has been a valuable asset to the operation and now oversees numerous aspects of Romans enterprises.

 
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