LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Famed horse trainer Dale Romans has a lot celebrate as made history Sunday.
Officials at Churchill Downs say Roman’s surpassed Bill Mott for the most wins as a trainer at the facility.
The big win came in race 6 as 2-year-old Storm Runner cruised to a 4 and a half-length victory under jockey Alex Canchari.
“I’ve grown up on the backside of Churchill Downs.” Romans said. “It was my playground when I was a kid and I used to always watch Bill Mott win multiple races per day. Over the years we became friends. He’s called me multiple times and wished me luck. That just shows how classy of a guy he is. I’ve always told him I want to stand in the Winner’s Circle at Churchill Downs, even if it was for just one day, and say ‘no one has visited this spot more than me.’ Today, I can officially say that.”
Mott called Romans to congratulate him in reaching that milestone.
The South Louisville native now has 703 wins as a trainer at Churchill Downs.