06/19/2012 4:42PM

Churchill Downs: Romans plots the summer

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Tapitsfly, with Ramon Dominguez in the saddle, wins the Just A Game

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dale Romans currently trains one of the most potent collections of stakes runners in North America. As he begins making preparations to take a large string to Saratoga for the meet that starts July 20, here are some plans:

Tapitsfly, winner of the Grade 1 Just A Game on the Belmont Stakes undercard, “might run in the Firecracker against the boys” on July 1, said Romans. “Or we might just wait for the Diana” on July 28 at Saratoga.

Shackleford could go next in the Aug. 4 Whitney at Saratoga, although “we might slip into Monmouth” for the July 7 Monmouth Cup.

Dullahan and Silver Max both are serious candidates for the July 21 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs.

Little Mike is in southern California to run in the June 30 Shoemaker Mile at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Romans Avenue, perhaps his top 2-year-old colt, runs here in the Bashford Manor Stakes on the June 30 Downs After Dark card.

Afleeting Lady, second to Royal Delta in the Fleur de Lis on Saturday night, goes next in the July 21 Delaware Handicap or the July 29 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth.

Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
I really hope Dullahan runs in the Virginia Derby. He will be favorite and a total sucker bet too on turf. Easily handled by Howe Great and Optimizer on turf, could not even beat Tiz Sardonic Joe who weakened just weakened today on the Matt Winn Turf course that has been holding speed all meet. Dullahan will be able to add a 3rd win during the Keeneland Fall Meet. Romans really should try him on the Tapeta at Woodbine to see whether he's a Dubai World Cup horse.
Cougar Paisley More than 1 year ago
Dale If your reading this, be careful about bringing Shackelford to Monmouth Park. The composition of the dirt track is different than what Shack ran on last year in the Haskell. Also, it is an entirely new track maintenance crew this year. New operator = low budget. Saratoga will offer a better surface to run on.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
I couldnt BELIEVE the backing Dullahan was getting at Belmont!!! NO WINS ON DIRT!!! Ill be honest and tell you I had a nice sized win/place bet on Atigun who finished 3rd.
David Rose More than 1 year ago
Dullahan will win the VA Derby!!!!
Barry Wilby More than 1 year ago
I believe Mr. Roman's claimed "I wouldn't change positions with any other horse," just prior to the Belmont and then finished behind (30-1)Five Sixteen and (20-1)Unstoppable U. Excuse me if I don't place a wager on this horse in any dirt race.soon.
Diane Knesboro More than 1 year ago
What a awesome stable, good for you Mr. Romans! Bought a beautiful picture of Shackleford at the Preakness this year.
Maria Knack More than 1 year ago
Absolutely, Shackleford is handsome and talented. Good luck in the Whitney, liked Johnny V on Shack in his last race. Wish he was healthy for the Whitney. My Congrats as well to Mr. Romans in his successes.