Randy Romero – Not Necessarily The News
In this edition of “Not Necessarily The News,” Tootie Landry talks about a legendary Louisiana jockey she got the chance to meet.
“Hey! I’m Tootie Landry and this is what I found out today!
I recently had the pleasure and honor of visiting with one of the most successful jockeys in the country. Randy Romero is one of the most competitive people I have ever met. He wanted to be the best at what he did and he succeeded! When I asked him, “What drove you to the finish line?” He whispered, “I always wanted to be in the light.” With over 4,200 wins this shining start left Erath in 1975 and never looked back! Nicknamed the “Ragin Cajun,” he was elected to the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Walking around his home, I couldn’t help but notice all the awards proudly displayed on the walls. From Churchill Downs to Belmont Park, he had them all.
Don’t be fooled, it has all come at a great price. This former bulimic jockey’s career was constantly derailed by injuries. In 1983, he suffered burns on over 65% of his body in a sauna accident. He’s had over 29 surgeries and is currently on kidney dialysis. This jockey has made more comebacks than Brett Favre. He’s paid the ultimate sacrifice to cross the finish line. When asked, “Was it all worth it?” He quickly replied, “I’d do it all over again, I have no regrets!”
His life is much different today. Doctor’s appointments have replaced Triple Crown races. When speaking of his life, Romero stated, “All my joy today comes from God and my family.” I believe he may have just found the Light… And I’m Tootie Landry and this is “Not Necessarily the News.”