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.

WILLIAM ROBINSON More than 1 year ago
Well said Bruce and Kevin. If I'm ever blessed enough to own a horse DR is my guy I've watched and listened to DR interviews and he is a real good man. Best of all to You and your family DR.
Bruce Battaglia More than 1 year ago
I have followed Dale Romans career since he was a kid in Louisville.His father left this life much too early but believe me he would be proud of Dales success,not only as the eclipse award winner this year but of a good man and well spoken ambassador of the sport. He started out with Frank Jones one of his father Jerry's loyal owners and he came up about the same time as Billy Mott ,Shug McGaughey ,Frank Brothers and Todd Pletcher.All excellent horsemen that play by the rules,work hard and employ the best help. Dale I wish you and your family continued success and good health..Bruce
Kevin More than 1 year ago
Best of luck to a excellent horseman