Breeders' Cup Turf and Arlington Million champion Little Mike
welcomed 50 of his fans Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park as part of a
raffle to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and
The 50 raffle winners were taken on an escorted tour of the barn
area before stopping at the barn of Dale Romans, trainer of Little Mike.
Romans, along with Little Mike's breeder and owner Carlo Vaccarezza,
answered questions from the fans before leading Little Mike out of his
stall so fans could take pictures with him. Romans, honored recently
with the Turf Publicists of America's Big Sport of Turfdom Award, then
led the crowd down his shedrow explaining the care that goes into each
Romans, Vaccarezza and their staff offered guests cold drinks and snacks throughout the tour.
Daryl LaRouche, one of the raffle winners, said, "This is extremely
gracious of Mr. Romans and Mr. Vaccarezza to allow us to come back here
and meet them and Little Mike. I think it's wonderful for fans to see
something like this. Gulfstream, Mr. Romans and everyone have been
Romans was asked questions about Little Mike, retired Preakness winner
Shackleford, turf racing and how much it costs to own and race a horse.
Romans praised his help several times throughout the morning.
When asked what his biggest achievement was so far, Romans said it was
being able to work with many of the same people he started his career
with. He also joked, "Surviving 25 years."
Little Mike, a winner of five races (four stakes) at Gulfstream, is
currently being prepared by Romans for a trip to Dubai in March for a
possible start in the $5 million Golden Sheema. Romans told his guests
the gelding may run first in the Gulfstream Park Turf on Feb. 9.