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Dale Romans

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A licensed trainer since age 18, Dale Romans saddled his first winner on February 15, 1987, at Turfway Park. The son of 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.

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

  • 2017 J Boys Echo, finished 15th

  • 2018 Promises Fulfilled, finished 15th

  • 2018 Free Drop Billy, finished 16th

  • 2020 Attachment Rate, finished 14th

  • 2023 Cyclone Mischief, finished 18th

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.'

2017 - On November 12, 2017, Dale became all time leading trainer with most wins (703) in Churchill Downs history. 
Read the story here.

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

  • Vice President, Kentucky HBPA

  • Board of Directors, Kentucky HBPA

  • Board of Directors, Churchill Backside Health & Welfare Fund

  • Member, Churchill Downs Racing Committee

  • Member, Gulfstream Park Racing Committee

Baldemar Bahena

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.

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Tammy Fox

Exercise Rider

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 has film credits to her name.  Tammy appeared in the 2007 documentary “The First Saturday in May” and was a stunt double in the 2005 feature film "Dreamer" (this scene). 

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Laura Hernan

Accounts Manager/Bookkeeper

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.


Exercise Riders

We are lucky to have some of the best riders in the business!  Go to our racing page to see the rest of our team in action!

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