Jim Rome loves sports. Most people that tune into his syndicated sports talk show know that. Unless you follow the world of horse racing or are an avid listener of his show what you might not know is that he has another passion: horse racing.
“In reality I’m the most unlikely Thoroughbred owner ever,” said Rome. “This wasn’t meant to be. I’ve said much worse about other sports on my show and I’ve been forgiven quicker than by people in this sport.
“When I was asked to speak at this conference, I thought, ‘What could I possibly have to share with them?’ Well, one of the best things about this business is we are among like minds. Even my best days at work aren’t as good as the most electric days I’ve had at the track. It’s good to be around horse people.”
If it wasn’t for Little Red Feather Racing’s Billy Koch talking him into becoming a racehorse owner he might not have ever made the foray into horse racing ownership. “I felt like somebody snuck up behind me and injected me with a drug,” said Rome. “I couldn’t wait to get back to the radio program and talk about the experience. I tried crack. It was horse racing. I couldn’t stop.”
Rome, and his wife Janet, own Jungle Racing, with Mizdirection and Shared Belief being the centerpieces of his stable. Mizdirection retired and was sold last year at auction. Shared Belief sadly passed away last year. They now own five two-year-olds, including four-time stakes winner Stays in Vegas.
“We’re all better for (the experience of having owned Shared Belief),” said Rome. “The thing I’ll always remember about him is the horse was absolutely fearless. He loved his job. He was an alpha.
“So we’re still in the game. We love the game. It may still be a bet but it’s a beautiful sport. We’re going to stay with the horse. The highs always outweigh the lows.”