Ramon Romero gets first career win

Ramon Romero had a lot to celebrate Saturday, Aug. 27. He guided Lisa’s Cat Nap to an upset win in the second race of the night, recording his first career victory. The rookie from Puerto Rico started his career at Indiana Grand earlier in the summer and had a lot to celebrate.

Ramon Romero celebrates for his first career win in the second race of the night Saturday, Aug. 27. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Ramon Romero celebrates for his first career win in the second race of the night Saturday, Aug. 27. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post four in the nine-horse maiden claiming field, Romero got Lisa’s Cat Nap to the lead quickly in the six furlong event. He was able to maintain control of the race, jumping out on the lead by six as he turned for home. In the end, Lisa’s Cat Nap was a nine-length winner at odds of 34-1 for the victory. Gemini’s Reward and Marcelino Pedroza finished a neck ahead of Coolera and Kayla Albright for second.

“It’s really exciting to get my first win,” said Romero. “It’s been a good experience so far and this win is an accomplishment for me.”

Trained by Katy Allen, Lisa’s Cat Nap scored his first career win in his 13th career start. The five-year-old gelded son of Cat Dreams is owned by Larry Hadler.

Ramon Romero celebrates for his first career win in the second race of the night Saturday, Aug. 27. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Ramon Romero celebrates for his first career win in the second race of the night Saturday, Aug. 27. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Ramon Romero comes back to the winner’s circle for the first time in his career aboard Lisa’s Cat Nap Saturday, Aug. 27. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Lisa’s Cat Nap paid $70.00, $18.20, and $9.20 across the board. It was the 46th start for Romero.

Romero was working alongside his father as a bricklayer when a friend suggested he try riding as a career. He worked to get his license and was ready to start his apprenticeship in June.

“Ramon (Romero) is a really good kid that works hard,” said Steve Cahill, clerk of scales. “Even when he doesn’t have anything to ride, he will come in and work to keep his weight down. It’s good to see him get his first win.”