Donegal Racing


May 1, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If winning the Kentucky Derby is the dream of every horse trainer, that goes double for Dale Romans, 45, a lifelong native of Louisville who grew up under the shadow of the Twin Spires working for his father, trainer Jerry Romans.

Since saddling his first winner in 1987, Romans has had some big horses pass through his barn, including grass champion Kitten’s Joy and Dubai World Cup winner Roses in May.

But a strapping chestnut colt named Dullahan may turn out to be the biggest of them all. Because after Romans saddled Paddy O’Prado to finish a late-closing third at 12-1 in the Derby two years ago, and eventual Preakness winner Shackleford to hang on for fourth at 23-1 last year, he thinks Dullahan, coming off an explosive score in the Blue Grass, is the one who can finally bring home the roses this Saturday at Churchill Downs.


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