Romero Ramsay Maragh celebrated a 'special' moment in the Gulfstream Park winner's circle Wednesday, when the 19-year-old apprentice jockey rode his first winner at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track since fracturing two vertebrae in a Jan. 31, 2019, spill.
Maragh, who underwent surgery to fuse four vertebrae, made his return to riding Jan. 19 at Gulfstream. On Wednesday, he scored aboard Allabouthedrama ($14.40) in Race 2.
“It's very special – it's been over a year – after all the pain and everything I've been through,” said Maragh, crediting his family and girlfriend with supporting him through his recovery and during his successful comeback.
Prior to being sidelined, Maragh had won 85 races, including two aboard Maximum Security. He guided the future Eclipse Award champion in his 9 3/4-length debut victory in $16,000 maiden claiming race Dec. 20, 2018 before scoring a 6 1/2-length optional claiming starter allowance win aboard the future Florida Derby (G1) winner on Jan. 27, 2019, four days before being sidelined.
The Hollywood, Fla., native had to work a lot harder to win with Allaboutthedrama than he did with Maximum Security, who went on to win the Florida Derby (G1) and finish first in the Kentucky Derby (G1), only to be disqualified. After pressing the pace on the inside while lapped on Two Cents Worth along the backstretch and into the homestretch, Allaboutthedrama responded to Maragh's vigorous handling to pull away to a 2 1/4-length victory.
“She broke sharp, but I was committed because I was the inside horse. I was putting a little pressure on her the whole way, but I had to keep her there or lose position. I don't think would have won [otherwise],” the cousin of journeyman jockey Rajiv Maragh said.
It didn't take Maragh long to find the winner's circle again. He came back in Race 8 to guide Lady Archa ($6.40) with an off-the-pace score.
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