Riders Up: The Randy Romero Interview

Go For Wand, Randy Romero up. Photo By: Tom Killips

An interview with Randy Romero–Riders Up: June, 4, 2017 (10:15 MP3 audio file) 

Randy Romero
Randy Romero

In remembrance of the original Ragin’ Cajun– jockey Randy Romero–who passed away on August 29 at the age of 61, I’m reposting a June 4, 2017 interview with the Hall of Fame rider that appeared on Riders Up, a program on ESPN radio that was hosted by myself and former TVG personality Frank Lyons.

In the 10 minute clip, Romero talks not only about the undefeated champion Personal Ensign and her unforgettable win in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but also about the ill-fated champion Go For Wand.

Romero, a native of Erath, La. retired in 1999 after a well-documented injury plagued career that included 4,294 victories and earnings in excess of $75 million. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

“He loved life, and he didn’t give up,” fellow Hall of Fame rider and Louisiana native Eddie Delahoussaye, who remained in contact with Romero to the end, told The Blood Horse. “He’s the toughest human being I’ve ever met, and the nicest. For what he was going through, you would have never known it if you first met him. He never complained and was always positive.”


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