Romans’ Reign As Churchill’s All-Time Leader Coming To End: ‘Records Are Meant To Be Broken’

Dale Romans has spent 931 days as the all-time leading trainer at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and as Steve Asmussen quickly closes on his record, Romans is enjoying his time on top while it lasts. Romans entered Sunday’s program just two wins in front of Asmussen 737-to-735.

“I always said when I was chasing Bill Mott’s record that I just wanted to say I was all-time leading trainer at Churchill Downs for just one day,” Romans reflected. “Now, a year-and-a-half into this, it’s not a surprise Steve has caught up. He’s a great trainer and a great horseman. Records are meant to be broken and I’m enjoying my time as all-time leading trainer while it lasts.”

Asmussen, a lifelong horseman who was born in South Dakota but spent many years in Laredo, Texas, only had two horses entered Sunday at Churchill Downs. Even though Romans’ record cannot be broken Sunday, it is only a matter of time before Asmussen rises to the top. In the last five Spring Meets at Churchill Downs, Asmussen has started an average of 126 horses per meet and had an average of 22 wins. By comparison, Romans started an average of 79 horses with 11 wins per meet.

Not only is Asmussen on the charge to become Churchill Downs’ all-time leading trainer, he was only 595 victories behind Dale Baird to become horse racing’s all-time leading trainer in North America.

The Top 5 trainers in all-time wins at Churchill Downs are Romans (737 wins), Asmussen (735), Mott (724), D. Wayne Lukas (537) and Bernie Flint (497).

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