Dale Romans

New York Officials Reject Proposal To Shorten Dutrow’s 10-Year Ban

The New York State Gaming Commission voted 4-2 Monday to dismiss an appeal from supporters of suspended trainer Rick Dutrow, according to the Daily Racing Form. Chairman Barry Sample said commission members met before their meeting on Monday to discuss a request to reconsider the 10-year ban from racing Dutrow has been serving since 2013. […]

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Free Drop Billy Could Switch To Turf For Secretariat Stakes

Trainer Dale Romans indicated that 2018 Triple Crown contender Free Drop Billy could make the switch over to grass for the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 11. The 1 1/8-miles turf event for 3-year-olds is just one of five stakes carded for the Arlington International Festival of Racing. The Bruce D. Memorial Stakes, Grade […]

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‘He’s Going To Become Special’: Albarado High On King Zachary For Indiana Derby

When Robby Albarado suffered a broken ankle in a gate mishap two weeks before last year’s Kentucky Derby, the jockey said that horse owner Tom Conway sent a text telling him not to worry, that “your Derby horse is in Dale’s barn.” Conway, a Louisville attorney, was referring to the 2018 Derby, trainer Dale Romans […]

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Conway, Romans Carry High Hopes For Indiana Derby Favorite King Zachary

Trainer Dale Romans long has said that King Zachary is as good as any 3-year-old in his large Churchill Downs-based stable. Owner Tom Conway has been talking up his homebred son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin long before King Zachary ever ran. Now King Zachary takes another step toward backing up their beliefs […]

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Ellis Park: ‘Economical Alternative’ To Saratoga For Juvenile Racing?

“We’re getting ready to head to Two-Year-Old Town.” That’s what trainer Dale Romans calls Ellis Park, which begins its race meet July 1 and where for years he has run most of his 2-year-olds in the summer. The track’s “baby races” no longer rank among racing’s best-kept secrets. The parade of stakes horses coming out of Ellis […]

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King Zachary Kicks Clear For Matt Winn Upset

Thomas Conway’s King Zachary made a three-wide move on the far turn in Saturday’s Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes, taking the lead and sprinting home to earn his first stakes win by 4 3/4 lengths. The 3-year-old son of Curlin, ridden by Robby Albarado, was sent off at 12-1 odds against the heavy favorite Ax […]

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Trainer And Good Samaritan Dale Romans Hoping Karma Comes Back To Him In Belmont

Should Albaugh Family Stables’ Free Drop Billy be the horse to deny Justify’s quest for the Triple Crown in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, don’t be surprised if trainer Dale Romans credits karma as much as the colt’s credentials. Tuesday evening, his first night in New York for what […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: Four Horsemen Of The Belmont?

Perhaps even more than usual, the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes is represented by the most recognizable names in the sport of horse racing. Many of the top jockeys have mounts but check out the trainers’ list — a collection of current and sure-to-be Hall of Famers, plus others who have resumes befitting the […]

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American Pharoah
USA Today: Triple Crown Didn’t Save Racing But Maybe It Didn’t Need Saving

As Justify’s attempt for the second Triple Crown sweep in four years approaches, national media outlets are weighing in on the sport’s health. USA Today’s Dan Wolken writes that American Pharoah breaking the 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015 was essentially just a moment, not a transformative shift for horse racing, as some hoped for […]

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‘Another Perfect Day’ For Justify; Free Drop Billy Goes Five Furlongs In :59 2/5

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify readied for his final breeze before the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI) with a 1 ½-mile gallop under regular rider Humberto Gomez Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. “It was another perfect day of training,” trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “We’re very fortunate he […]

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