Dale Romans grew up on the Churchill Downs backstretch learning his trade from longtime trainer and father Jerry Romans. The Louisville, Ky native just missed winning the 2010 Kentucky Derby when Paddy O' Prado finished a game third. In 2011 he won his first Classic race when Shackleford captured the Preakness. He saddled Court Vision to an upset win in the Breeders' Cup Turf Mile in 2011 and captured the Breeders' Futurity with Dullahan. His other top runners include O'Prado Again, Sassy Image, First Dude, Kitten's Joy, Tapitsfly, and Dubai World Cup winner Roses in May. He won the 2012 Arlington Million and Breeders' Cup Turf with Little Mike. Romans was honored with the 2012 Big Sport of Turfdom Award by the Turf Publicists of America, and won the Eclipse Award as that year's Outstanding Trainer.