Romero Elected to Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Former jockey Randy Romero is among eight sports figures that will be inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame at a June 25 ceremony in Natchitoches.

Romero, the regular rider for unbeaten champion Personal Ensign as well as champion Go for Wand, retired in 1999 with 4,285 wins and earnings of more than $75 million after a quarter-century in the saddle.

Romero is the only jockey in state history to win riding titles at every Louisiana racetrack (Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs, Fair Grounds, Jefferson Downs, and Louisiana Downs) during his career, The Daily Advertiser reported.

The jockey won four riding titles at Fair Grounds in six seasons from 1979-1985. His 181 wins in 1983-84 remains a Fair Grounds record, and he also holds the single-meet record for wins (136) at Evangeline Downs.

Romero also won two jockey titles at Arlington Park in 1982, with a then-track record of 181 wins, and in 1985. He won his 4,000th race on La Chatte during Arlington's International Festival of Racing weekend in 1996. Romero also won riding titles at Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Hialeah, and Keeneland.

Romero was chosen by a 30-member selection panel from a pool of 125 nominees in 23 categories. Formerly of Erath, La., Romero now resides in Louisville, Ky.