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Dale Romans

Trainer

Dale Romans grew up on the Churchill Downs backstretch learning his trade from longtime trainer and father Jerry Romans. The Louisville, Ky native just missed winning the 2010 Kentucky Derby when Paddy O’ Prado finished a game third. Dullahan was a fast closing third in Kentucky Derby 138 and would follow that up with a win in the G-1 Pacific Classic. In 2011 he won his first Classic race when Shackleford captured The Preakness Stakes. He saddled Court Vision to an upset win in the Breeders Cup Turf Mile in 2011 and captured the Breeders Futurity with Dullahan. 2012 was a banner year for the Romans stable with wins by Shackleford in the G-1 Met Mile and G-1 Clark Handicap and Little Mike's gallant victories in the G-1 Woodford Reserve, Arlington Million and Breeders' Cup Turf. His other top runners include O'Prado Again, Sassy Image, First Dude, Kitten’s Joy, Tapitsfly, and Roses in May.

Siena Farms, LLC

Owner

Siena Farms is a boutique breeding and racing operation located in the historic horse farm area of Paris Kentucky. It was founded by Chairman Anthony Manganaro, President David Pope and General Managger Nacho Patino. Manganaro developed Siena Corp, a commercial real estate company and ezStorage Corp a self storage company both on the east coast. Pope entered the horse industry in 1996 as the comptroller for top breeding and racing operation Airdrie Stud. Patino began as a groom and manager at such top farms as Stonerside before joining Siena. Along with stable star Dewey Square, Siena has race stakes winner Alaura Michele and stakes placed Anna Sophia.

Pedigree

Dewey Square is by the exquisitely-bred Bernardini, but out of a speedy mare, who could reduce his distance capacity.

Bernardini ranked as the champion three-year-old of 2006 through victories in the Preakness, Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup. Given his race record, and as a son of A.P. Indy, Bernardini promised to be an influence for stamina, and he has indeed sired Travers winners Stay Thirsty (2011) and Alpha (via dead-heat last year).

But both of those had abundant stamina in their female lines as well. Otherwise, Bernardini's top performers have tended to prefer a mile to nine furlongs, such as To Honor and Serve and Wilburn, or even a bit shorter, like Buffum.

Dewey Square's dam, Somethinaboutbetty, may reinforce whatever speedier dimension Bernardini is imparting.  Typically a front runner, Somethinaboutbetty won four stakes from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles.

Somethinaboutbetty is by speed merchant Forestry, who won the Dwyer and King's Bishop but couldn't quite stay the 1 1/8 miles of the Haskell. He has largely transmitted that brilliance to his offspring, along with stamina limitations. A notable exception is his son Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness winner, who was buttressed with more stamina from his dam. Forestry is following a similar pattern as a broodmare sire, with his daughters producing such one-turn specialists as Turbulent Descent.

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