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.