01/07/2013 3:58PM

Gulfstream Park: Dullahan set to rejoin Romans stable at track

Emily Shields
Dullahan was delayed in his return to the track by a cut that needed three stitches.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Dale Romans said Dullahan is now scheduled to rejoin his stable here later this week. The Blue Grass and Pacific Classic winner had originally been scheduled to return to training just after the first of the year.

“He was coming last week but got a little cut on his leg while out in the field that we had to put three stitches in,” Romans said. “He’ll be down in a few days. It set him back a week maybe.”

Romans said his other top older horse, Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Little Mike, has been galloping here on a regular basis and should start breezing again within the next 10 days to two weeks. He also expressed a little surprise at the fact Little Mike was not among the three finalists for Horse of the Year honors, especially considering he is a finalist in the older male and male turf horse divisions. The Horse of the Year finalists are Fort Larned, I’ll Have Another, and Wise Dan.

“The way everything unfolded, and he got voted for the other two categories, I thought he would be a finalist for Horse of the Year,” Romans said. “But the other three that are named all are certainly worthy of it.”

Romans said neither Dullahan nor Little Mike is scheduled to race here this winter.

“Right now, the plan is to take them both to Dubai for a race on March 9 as a prep for World Cup Day later in the month.

swanning More than 1 year ago
I think Dullahan can win the DWC. He is unbeaten on sythetic and was third in the derby behind Bodemeister and IHA.
geno More than 1 year ago
Perl More than 1 year ago
Little Mike will get lambasted in Dubai. But I'm looking forward to seeing Dullahan in the World Cup on his preferred surface.
Earle Forbes More than 1 year ago
Why does Little Mike get so little respect? Not lamenting the fact because he's always good at the betting window :)
hialeah More than 1 year ago
Another example that the fan is at the bottom of the totem pole. Horses race so few times now...I guess you might as well run them twice in Dubai... given that the trip means you won't see them again until July... if at all. Good luck, but it points out why a winner of two Triple Crown races and a BC Classic winner are a HOY finalist. At least they race over here!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Classy man and Classy moves.
peter k More than 1 year ago
Good points from evidently , a fan of racing in the United States ! Personally , do not like to see our horses go to dubai , but the money is there . Used to like the dubai racing , but not so much anymore . I am sure that michael dickinson is happy about it
Frank More than 1 year ago
Clearify -- It has nothing to do with fan of racing in US -- I'm just talking about taking care of a great gelding and preserving his years on the racetrack since this is his career.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Nad al Sheba was awesome. Meydan is blah.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Dullahan -- good decision to race him in Dubai he is a stallion prospect that loves synthetic. Little Mike very bad decision based on human greed and ego. Keep him racing here in the states for many years to come and not blow him up -- he is a gelding.
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
Yea I agree dullahan would have a chance in Dubai, why take little Mike I don't understand I guess he wants more bullets to fire