09/29/2014 2:17PM

Desormeaux hospitalized after being kicked by horse


ARCADIA, Calif. – Jockey Kent Desormeaux was hospitalized Sunday after being kicked in the chest after being unseated from his mount in the post parade for the eighth race at Santa Anita.

The full extent of Desormeaux’s injuries was not known Monday morning. Mike Ciani, Desormeaux’s agent, did not return a phone call seeking comment Monday. It was not immediately known how long Desormeaux will be sidelined.

The first-time starter She’s a Big Winner reared and fell, unseating Desormeaux, when the field was being paraded in front of the stands. After the rider and filly scrambled to their feet at about the same time, Desormeaux ran several yards to grab She’s a Big Winner’s reins. As Desormeaux was adjacent to She’s a Big Winner, the filly struck him forcefully on the left side of his chest with her right hind leg.

Desormeaux fell heavily to the ground. He was transported from the track on an ambulance and later transferred to Arcadia Methodist hospital, track officials said.

She’s a Big Winner was scratched from the maiden race.

Peter Eurton, who trains She’s a Big Winner, said the filly had not shown that sort of behavior before. Eurton said he was quickly at Desormeaux’s side after the incident and that the jockey was in considerable pain.

Desormeaux, 44, had won three races earlier on the program. A member of racing’s Hall of Fame, Desormeaux was a leading rider in California in the 1990s and into the 2000s before moving east. Desormeaux resumed riding in California this year and had a successful summer, finishing second in the standings at Del Mar with 32 wins.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Proof that horses dont like races. Its a game about $$$ skimming. Not about animals like many ppl say.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Time to prove your paranoia is justified.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Immensely talented when his head is in the right place. He was the best apprentice of all time back in the day if you ask me. I hope he has a quick good recovery. I have noticed in past years he prefers outside post. If you watch he is very tentative when he has a horse with an inside post..... just saying. But, no question, tons of talent.
russell More than 1 year ago
Bill Mott ran him first call at the Spa on the weeds. It was a great betting angle. Thats enough for me.
Lew Gelbman More than 1 year ago
great rider when he is not drinking. Get better soon!!
Edward Kelly More than 1 year ago
You are a complete a-hole.
Will More than 1 year ago
The truth hurts
Dickie RCowles More than 1 year ago
Too bad I couldn't hear about you getting the same or worse from a two year old or yearling idiot.
Richard Kennedy More than 1 year ago
G0DSPEED on a quic recovery!!! Will pray for you to get back ASAP!!
Ozzie Ebrahim More than 1 year ago
hope he ok..
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Payback for stiffing Big Brown in the 2008 Belmont?
Pat Wood More than 1 year ago
worse cases than tat example. point taken.
mike More than 1 year ago
You're a stupid troll.
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Anomyous and funny bone. A great exacta. Disturbed troll/ stupid troll
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Big Brown was dead lame walking into the paddock you fool
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Thanks to DRF for removing the jelly bean from this story.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Great call!
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Speedy recovery. Keep your comeback alive. Your riding great and you know when you are our your game you can ride with anybody. Good luck
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
I cant understand why a man who weighs 115 lbs would go chasing after a 1200 pound horse. it makes no sense at all. isn't that the job of the outrider? anyway, hope your not hurt to badly Kent. get well soon!
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
Because he is a horseman and his instinct was to catch and protect his mount from injury.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
so, the way u see it, its better to get kicked in the chest than let the outrider do the job he or she is paid for. what if that kick had killed him? would you still think he did the right thing?
georget More than 1 year ago
No one has said he did the right thing. What odds would you have given he was going to get kicked?
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
dude, he got a chest full of hoof for no reason! as for odds, that's just a stupid?.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
No, the way I see it is you don't get any closer to horses than looking at their photos in DRF.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
indeed, I really like yours the best, lol
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
Too bad that you can't see why a jockey would do that. I've seen many a good horseman put him self in danger to try to prevent Further injury to the horse. On the other hand, I've seen jockeys who were in a position to help throw their whip down , kick the dirt in disgust or just turn away with no regard for the safety of the horse . I know what behavior I would rather see. I'm sort he got hurt and I hope it's not serious.
Pat Wood More than 1 year ago
Their job actually is simple...hold the reins, feet in the stirrups. If left behind, control of the horse by the reins is their schooling. That is their job...if not possible the out rider takes over. eight horse hooves and two boots on the ground. Dangerous. It's the jockey's job to control the horse.
Pat Wood More than 1 year ago
The rider must control reins if possible so she won't run off. He did the right thing. Prevention. I give him credit for that quick move in the heat of the moment.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
tell me Pat, if you were "in the heat of the moment", would you have risked losing your life for an out of control horse? horses cant think, they just react. Kent is extremely lucky that horse didn't kick him in his heart! try to be superman at 115 lbs against a horse, guaranteed the horse will win that battle every time.
Chad Wilson More than 1 year ago
He has been around horses all his life, I guarantee he never considered he would get kicked, and because he is a true horseman, I bet anything if asked he would say he would do it again.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Natural reaction, instinct maybe..........
Will More than 1 year ago
obviously you have never owned a horse
mike More than 1 year ago
Always a smart a** remark from you.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
hey dufuss go .............us
mike More than 1 year ago
Bet you wouldn't say that to my face,tool.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
dufuss, I have destroyed many fools like u with one punch, so stop being a computer tough guy ok? go play with ur xbox and keep fantasizing.
mike More than 1 year ago
Seriously doubt that considering you probably run and hide behind your mom's skirt if anyone said boo. You have great keyboard courage for a little man. Hope you know martial arts.