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Romans States Little Mike's Eclipse Case

31 January 2009: Trainer Dale Romans at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.
Trainer Dale Romans reported that all of his Breeders’ Cup starters came out of their respective races in good order.
Romans saddled Little Mike to victory in Saturday’s $3 million Turf and visited the winner’s circle with friends, Carlo and Priscilla Vaccarezza, the breeder and owners of the popular 5yo gelding.
“‘Mike’ is a special horse for us and Carlo is one of my close friends. It was a great day for everyone,” Romans said.

Little Mike, a front-running specialist who won the Arlington Million and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the lead, found himself in the unfamiliar position of racing off the lead in the 1 1/2m turf race. The son of Spanish Steps rated nicely in third behind Turbo Compressor and Optimizer before gaining the lead leaving the turn into the homestretch and holding off favored Point of Entry by a half-length.

“He’s faster than most horses. We had a plan for the first 100 yards to give him a shot to go to the front, but I thought those two horses might outsprint him to the lead, and they did,” Romans said. “We told Ramon (Dominguez) just be ahead of the real contenders, because any horse that would get in front of him would have to go too fast to finish anyway.”

Romans stated Little Mike’s case for being voted the Eclipse Award for male turf performer.

“I don’t see how anyone can beat ‘Mike’ for turf champion. I know that Wise Dan is a great racehorse, but I don’t think his resume stacks up to ‘Mike’s’. He won one of the major races in America and the Arlington Million and the Turf Classic.”

Romans will ship Little Mike back to Kentucky before continuing on to Florida for the winter.  


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Little Mike beat TWO international Turf fields in the two BIGGEST Turf races offered in america. Arlington Million, and BC Turf. Sorry POE.

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