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Legendary jockey Randy Romero dead at 61

Hall of Fame jockey Randy Romero, who fought numerous ailments for decades during and after a sensational riding career, died early Thursday at his home in Lafayette, La. He was 61.

Romero, a 2005 inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, had been battling kidney and liver disease even before his retirement, which came in 1999 after 4,294 winners and $75 million in mount earnings. Further beset by cancer in recent years, Romero had been in hospice care at his home since June.

A riding prodigy whose early years provided a heartwarming storyline to the 1978 movie “Casey’s Shadow,” Romero had a major role in some of the most memorable major races of a generation ago. Read more on Romero from

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