10/22/2014 2:30PM

Desormeaux set to return Sunday

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Jockey Kent Desormeaux said he received doctor’s clearance Tuesday to resume exercising horses for his comeback.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who has not ridden since Sept. 28 after being kicked in the chest during a post parade, is aiming for a comeback Sunday at Santa Anita.

Desormeaux, 44, suffered a collapsed lung and fractured ribs on his left side when he was kicked after being unseated from his mount in a post parade. Desormeaux was hospitalized for two days because of his injuries.

On Wednesday, Desormeaux said he received doctor’s clearance Tuesday to resume exercising horses for his comeback.

“We’re all good to go,” he said.

Desormeaux spent part of last week visiting family in his native Louisiana and said that during the trip, he noticed improvement in his condition.

By returning Sunday, Desormeaux will have nearly a week to ride before the Breeders’ Cup races on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

On Sept. 28, Desormeaux was unseated from the first-time starter She’s a Big Winner when the field was being paraded in front of the stands. She’s a Big Winner reared and fell, unseating Desormeaux. After the rider and filly scrambled to their feet at about the same time, Desormeaux ran several yards to grabs 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.

TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
cant help but notice he has a bulls eye on his chest in the picture. next time Kent, let the out rider do the job he or she is paid for.
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
Good to ear he is back.....need jockeys like him around.
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
I have heard a lot of the stories about Kents past issues.Speaking from the four times he road for me(1win1show),He was always gracious,informative,and rode an honest and good race. Best of luck Kent
john g More than 1 year ago
Just curious, if you spend a good amount during the year on drf products, do they then include a drf plus for free? I thought this was to weed out the freebie hunters that didn't ever spend any money, but wanted a free ride?
georget More than 1 year ago
This is great! Welcome back KJ! One of my three all-time favorite jockeys.