Rusty Satellite 228 – Dale Romans and Jack Mathis

When I read that Dale Romans had surpassed Bill Mott to become the all-time leading trainer at Churchill Downs, I decided to see if I could get him on the show. At Barn 4, where he’s been operating a winning stable for decades, Romans was wheeling and dealing on the phone when I stepped into his office. His life partner Tammy walked in, and then Dale and I got started. I think you’ll find Dale’s story intriguing, and his optimistic outlook about the future of racing and Churchill stands out.

I’m usually one of those people who complain that the Christmas season starts too early, and would normally be especially vexed about any shopping event going on before Thanksgiving. But Jack Mathis assures me that the Champagne party at Work the Metal in Butchertown Friday will be special. He started the store back in 2003, and has grown it to an amazing 12,000 square feet.

The party starts at 6, and will include goodies from Butchertown Grocery, Butchertown Pizza Hall, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Cellar Door Chocolates and some special cocktails from my friends at Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey.

In the news, there’s more movement in J-town, where Bearno’s is taking over the old Ferd Grisanti’s spot where Loui Loui’s just closed. And Corbett’s in the East End shut down this week after a decade in business. Louisville City FC won the USL Soccer title Monday, a good omen as the team got the go-ahead to start building a new stadium in Butchertown.

There’s plenty more going on in my hometown, and you can hear about some of it right here on the Rusty Satellite Show. Thanks for downloading.

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