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Randy Romero

Randy Romero
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   Randy Romero was certainly a ladies’ man. A native of Erath, Louisiana, Romero was the regular jockey for two of the most spectacular fillies of his era, Go for Wand and the undefeated Personal Ensign. Romero’s brilliance in the saddle, however, was not limited to those two spectacular female Thoroughbreds.


   In a career that dated from 1973 to 1999, Romero won 4,294 races from 26,091 mounts (16 percent), including 342 stakes. He had purse earnings of $75,264,198 and won riding titles at 10 individual tracks, including Belmont, Arlington, Gulfstream, Hialeah, Keeneland, Fair Grounds and Louisiana Downs. At Keeneland, Romero once won five races in succession and six on one card, and at Gulfstream he won four stakes on a single program.


   Romero won Breeders’ Cup races on both Go for Wand and Personal Ensign, as well as a Breeders’ Cup on another distaffer, Sacahuista. Personal Ensign concluded her career undefeated when Romero got her up to defeat Winning Colors in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.


   Along with his success in the Breeders’ Cup, Romero won the Beldame three times, had two victories in the Blue Grass Stakes, Gulfstream Handicap and Vosburgh and single triumphs in the Arlington Classic, Louisiana Derby, Frizette, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Carter Handicap, Hopeful, Woodward, Florida Derby, Whitney Handicap, Haskell Invitational and Alabama. 


   Along with Go for Wand and Personal Ensign, some of Romero’s top mounts included Crème Fraiche, Risen Star, Polish Navy, Banshee Breeze, Housebuster, Hansel, Seeking the Gold, Skip Trial, Yankee Affair and Java Gold.


   Randy Romero was inducted in the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 2010.