Eclipse Award and classic-winning trainer Dale Romans will judge the 83rd annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show. Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium on Sunday, June 25. Entries close Friday, June 2.
A licensed trainer since age 18, Romans has saddled the winners of nearly 2,000 races in his 30-year career, led by the likes of turf champion Kitten’s Joy, Preakness Stakes-G1 winner Shackleford, Dubai World Cup-G1 winner Roses in May, Breeders’ Cup winners Little Mike (Turf), Court Vision (Mile) and Tapitsfly (Juvenile Fillies), and Travers Stakes-G1 winner Keen Ice. He earned an Eclipse Award in 2012 for a season in which he sent out four multiple Grade 1 winners: Dullahan, Little Mike, Tapitsfly and Shackleford.
Romans has won 14 training titles at Churchill Downs and ranks second all-time for most wins at the track, and has also been the leading trainer at Keeneland and Turfway Park. He has sent out the winners of 114 graded stakes during his career, including J Boys Echo and Squadron A this year.
The list of judges in the MHBA Yearling Show’s long history is a who’s who of renowned horsemen. The celebrated group includes 26 Hall of Famers and Triple Crown-winning trainers James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons, Max Hirsch, Lucien Laurin and Billy Turner. Among Maryland-bred yearlings to have competed in the show are Eclipse Award-winning Hall of Famer Safely Kept, Eclipse Award-winning juveniles Smart Angle and Declan’s Moon, and millionaires Cathryn Sophia, Urbane and Cherokee’s Boy. Cathryn Sophia, winner of the 2016 Kentucky Oaks-G1, was shown in 2014, finishing second in her class.