Kent Desormeaux fails alcohol test

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux didn’t ride in the Preakness

on Saturday after he failed a Breathalyzer test in New York.

Desormeaux, a two-time Preakness winner, was removed as the

rider of 30-1 long shot Tiger Walk by owner Kevin Plank’s Sagamore

Farm and trainer Ignacio Correas, and replaced by Ramon


Tiger Walk finished eighth under Dominguez in the 11-horse


The 42-year-old Desormeaux failed the test at Belmont Park, and

was taken off all three of his scheduled mounts. He has not been

suspended, but the New York State Racing and Wagering Board is

conducting an investigation.

According to a rule in New York that went into effect April 27,

every jockey named to ride is required to undergo a test for

alcohol consumption.

”This was a team decision and sometimes things happen for a

reason,” Sagamore Farm general manager Tom Mullikin wrote on the

farm’s Twitter account. ”We’re trying to run a professional

operation & can’t have any distractions this weekend. We spoke

w/ Kent and wished him well.”

Dominguez is a two-time Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s

leading jockey but is looking for his first Preakness win. He’s now

0 for 10 but has finished second two times, with First Dude in 2010

and Scrappy T in 2005.

According to the Racing Form, Desormeaux failed a Breathalyzer

test at Woodbine in July 2010 and was removed from his mount, Hold

Me Back, in the Dominion Day Handicap. Hold Me Back won that race

with Tyler Pizarro aboard.

Desormeaux is a three-time Eclipse Award winner with more than

5,400 wins, including Kentucky Derby and Preakness victories aboard

Real Quiet in 1998 and Big Brown in 2008.

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