Trainer Dale Romans, jockey Florent Geroux, and former jockey turned jock’s agent Ronnie Ebanks were the guests on the fourth installment of “Riders Up!” with Frank Lyons and John Gaver on Sunday, July 2. If you missed the 7:00 A.M. Eastern broadcast, you can catch the replay HERE.
Louisville, Kentucky native Dale Romans, winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 2012, trained 2004’s Champion Male Turf Horse Kitten’s Joy and a year later won the $6 million dollar Dubai World Cup (Gr.1) with Roses In May, a horse that gave the conditioner his first grade one victory in the Whitney Handicap (G1) at Saratoga in 2004.
The son of longtime Kentucky-based trainer Jerry Romans, Dale has also trained notable runners such as Dullahan, Keen Ice, Little Mike, Paddy O’Prado, Shackleford and Tapitsfly.
Geroux, a native of Argentan, France, is the regular rider of Gun Runner, largely regarded as the second best dirt horse in training behind Arrogate. He has notched over 100 wins to date in 2017 with total earnings over $5.7 million in purse money. In 2015, he won five races on two different days at Kentucky Downs and won four races on Arlington Million Day last year. Some of his best mounts include The Pizza Man, I’m a Chatterbox, and La Coronel.
Ebanks, a native of Erath, Louisiana, is a former jockey and one the the best jock’s agents in the game having represented such top riders as Shane Sellers, Joel Rosario, Mark Guidry, Chris Antley, Jorge Chavez, Joe Talamo, Michael and Tyler Baze, Pat Valenzuela, Rene Douglas, and Carlos Silva. He is currently the agent for top Midwest rider Robby Albarado and also handles the book for the young apprentice Rayan Gazader.
“Riders Up!” with Frank Lyons and John Gaver airs Sunday mornings from 7:00 to 8:00 A.M. Eastern and is available for live streaming on the ESPN Sports Radio 1300 app (for iOS or Android) or by visiting the WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300 website.
Frank and I hope to give you fresh insights and perspectives into the many personalities that make up the world of Thoroughbred horse racing. Check us out on Sunday mornings from 7:00 to 8:00 A.M. in Lexington, Kentucky, on 1300 AM, WLXG ESPN Sports Radio, or worldwide by visiting the WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300 website.
Header image: “Walking Ring, Greentree Stable, Saratoga,” oil on panel by Vaughn Flannery (American, 1898 – 1955)