05/20/2012 5:07PM

Belmont: Stewards permit Desormeaux to resume riding

Barbara D. Livingston
Jockey Kent Desormeaux resumed riding Sunday at Belmont Park and is named on more horses this week.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who failed a Breathalyzer test last Friday which prompted the Belmont Park stewards to remove him from three mounts that day, was cleared to return to the saddle on Sunday.

In his only mount on Sunday’s Belmont program, Desormeaux finished last aboard 3-4 favorite She’s Very Rare in the first race.

Desormeaux met with Belmont’s three-steward panel Sunday morning. No sanctions were handed Desormeaux nor were any provisions placed on him for the future “as of right now,” according to Carmine Donofrio, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board steward.

Donofrio said that Desormeaux had taken and passed a Breathalyzer test and was permitted to ride Sunday. Beginning with the Belmont Park meet, New York state law mandates that each rider pass a Breathalyzer test every day in order to ride. The test must show a blood alcohol content below .05.

Prior to the state taking over, the New York Racing Association had been randomly conducting Breathalyzer tests on jockeys for about two years, according to NYRA steward Braulio Baeza.

Asked if Desormeaux would be required to participate in any alcohol counseling program, Donofrio said, “we plan to meet with him in the future and we’ll play it from there.”

In addition to be removed from his three mounts at Belmont on Friday, Desormeaux was taken off Tiger Walk for Saturday’s Preakness at Pimlico. Tiger Walk finished eighth in the Preakness under Ramon Dominguez.

Desormeaux also has been replaced on Dullahan, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, for the June 9 Belmont Stakes. Trainer Dale Romans said Javier Castellano would ride Dullahan.

Over the next three racing days - Wednesday through Friday - Desormeaux is named to ride five horses.



ronald menard More than 1 year ago
chuckles m More than 1 year ago
Failing the Breathalyzer in the morning means two things. Either he was drinking a lot the night before on an all nighter or he started drinking in the morning with his Corn Flakes. Either way, Kent, get some help and get back where you belong on the back of a horse winning races.
JHart More than 1 year ago
Chuckles I think your first scenerio was proly the case. People would be shocked if they knew how many people are legally drunk in the morning after a night of partying. I will not justify Kent's actions, as he was clearly in violation. However, knowing the rule that EVERY rider will be tested before they ride, I find it hard to believe Kent drank before going to the room. I'm sure he drank the night before and thought there was no way the alcohol was still in his system.
Place More than 1 year ago
Keeneland did a jockey colony sigining and last jock to arrive was Kent. 20 min late and looked like he had a bender the night before. I took him out of every race and the SOB won 5 races that day.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
what do u expect he won three Derbys!!! peoples memories are so short!!
Raymond Tucker More than 1 year ago
The man clearly has a problem. It should be addressed prior to him being allowed to ride ANYWHERE! NYRA stewards really dropped the ball on this one. I wouldn't use Desormeaux if he was stone cold sober.
Todd Schlesinger More than 1 year ago
How about listing in the program, what the jock's breathalizer was that morning--- (LOL)-----------------(LOL)--When does the steroid testing start. (LOL)
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
Dullahan isn't going to win - anyway. I'll Have Another will Sweep the "Triple Crown"!!! Too Bad Visa Stopped The Bonus.
Amanda More than 1 year ago
Apparently you didn't watch the Kentucky Derby. Another furlong and Dullahan would have had that race. I suggest you watch the race again. Dullahan is going to spank everybody in the Belmont.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
JHart More than 1 year ago
Amanda...... I've watched the race several times. Lots of horses would win a respective race if it were to go another furlong. However, if the Derby was a furlong longer, Mario would surely wait longer to make his move on I'll Have Another. Dullahan will not run down IHA in the Belmont because of this fact. Any closer will look like they are closing like a monster when they make their move way too late and the horses on the lead are already gearing down at the wire.
Charles Hogan More than 1 year ago
If they made Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd took a breathalyzer every day they would have never been let in the Senate to vote.
Richard More than 1 year ago
Kent D. has had a reputation with the trainers and owners for being cocky for a long time. He knows what the rules are! He missed his mounts Saturday which could have had an effect on the outcomes of the races punishing the handicappers that wanted to use him riding certain horses. It’s over with as far as the stewards. It is not over with the trainers and owners. I am one who is going to find it hard to use him in my picks in the future!
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
How come they reversed their decision.? Politics.?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
John... The Stewards ARE Judge and Jury. If anyone questions how they do their job then I'd suggest you go and meet with Steward Braulio Baeza. I think you would leave that meeting convinced that they are.
julien richards More than 1 year ago
While I certainly understand that there are many rigors of the sport and stresses of being a jockey, it is a solid choice that they make to race ride. What is interesting to me is that Mr Alvaro Bailon, in spite of being aware of the stresses and dangers of the sport and of what the jockeys face finds it acceptable that "A little Drink" is Okay for Kent D. to continue riding. Well I disagree, and wonder if he would allow his kids to be in a car driven by the jockey (KD) or have them in another car approaching an intersection that (KD) is barreling down or even have himself (if he was still riding) on a horse alongside a drunk Kent D. And something were to happen. I wonder if it would be alright then.
Alvaro Bailon More than 1 year ago
Mr. Richards I also respect your opinion and you have a point. Read my reply to Mr. Nicoletti. Lets justs hope racing gets better as a whole.