Ticker
  • Australia very impressive in the Juddmonte International! Posted 11 hours ago
  • Postponed gallops away in the Great Voltigeur! Posted 12 hours ago
  • Endless Chatter wins her third straight in the Summer Colony! Posted 2 days ago
  • Judy the Beauty rolls right on by in the Rancho Bernardo!Posted 3 days ago
  • Main Sequence surges late to win the Sword Dancer! Posted 3 days ago
  • Moulin De Mougin swoops up the rail to win the Mabee! Posted 10 days ago
  • Enterprising rolls from last in the La Jolla! Posted 11 days ago
  • Cassatt much the best in the Monmouth Oaks! Posted 11 days ago
  • Wallyanna upsets the Hall of Fame with a late rush! Posted 12 days ago
  • Tricky Hat wins the John's Call by half a whisker! Posted 14 days ago

Fans Visit Little Mike at Gulfstream Park

LITTLE MIKE and jockey Ramon A. Dominguez winning the Arlington Million at Arlington Park 8-18-12
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 Thoroughbred aftercare.

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 Thoroughbred.

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 extremely kind."

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.

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories