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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.

Donegal Racing

Owner

Donegal Racing is a partnership that was formed in 2008 and is managed by Jerry Crawford who has been involved in horse ownership for over 30 years. The name refers to the Irish county of origin of the Donegal family and the racing silks as well as the names of the partnership horses reflect the Irish heritage. The group campaigned Paddy O’Prado who finished third in the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Along with Dullahan, Donegal Racing was represented by G-2 winner O’Prado Again in 2011.

Pedigree

Smart Cover is by Any Given Saturday, who is also the sire of fellow Derby hopeful Hoppertunity.

A prominent contender on the 2007 Kentucky Derby trail, Any Given Saturday captured the Sam F. Davis and fought champion Street Sense to a photo-finish in the Tampa Bay Derby before finishing third in the Wood Memorial and eighth in the Run for the Roses. He peaked later that summer, rolling to daylight victories in the Dwyer and Haskell Invitational and defeating older foes in the Brooklyn Handicap. 

Any Given Saturday is a son of Distorted Humor, who sired 2003 Derby and Preakness champion Funny Cide. Distorted Humor is also the grandsire of champion I'll Have Another, the 2012 Derby and Preakness hero. 

In his very first crop, Any Given Saturday sired a potential superstar in Princess Arabella, who extended her record to three-for-three in the 2012 Sunland Park Oaks. Unfortunately, she was retired due to injury before the Kentucky Oaks.

Smart Cover is out of three-time winner Crazy Cousin. She is by the outstanding sire Smart Strike, who is responsible for two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, two-time champion Lookin at Lucky and turf champ English Channel, to name only a few. Smart Strike is also making his mark as a broodmare sire, as exemplified by 2009 Kentucky Derby shocker Mine That Bird and Dullahan.

Crazy Cousin is a half-sister to multiple turf stakes winner Hobbs, from the family of Grade 3 hero Gallant Archer. Further back, one finds Grade 1 victress One of a Klein, multiple Grade 2 queen Withallprobability and multiple stakes star Barely Even, whose trophy case includes the 1972 Ashland.

Smart Cover is inbred 4x3 to Mr. Prospector, as both his parents descend from that sire line.

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