11/26/2012 4:11PM

Oaklawn Park: Romans plans to have first Arkansas string

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Dale Romans plans to have a 20-horse division at Oaklawn Park this winter.

Trainer Dale Romans said Monday that he plans to send a division of horses to Oaklawn Park for the meet that opens Jan. 11. He said it would be the first time he has had a stable based at the Hot Springs, Ark., track. Romans is making plans for a 20-horse division at Oaklawn.

“It’s a good fit for some of the horses,” he said Monday.

“It will be a mixed group of horses.”

Romans is closing out his most successful year as a trainer in a career that was launched in 1987. The horses in his care have earned $11.6 million through Sunday, which ranked him fourth among all trainers in North America. The figure also far surpasses his personal best stable earnings mark of $7.6 million, achieved in 2011.

Romans on Sunday won the Churchill Downs training title in a tie with Ken McPeek, who earlier this fall said he would have a division at Oaklawn. Romans had a rare Oaklawn starter this past season, when he sent out Cozzetti to finish fourth in the Arkansas Derby won by Bodemeister.