Desormeaux to enter alcohol treatment program
Jockey Kent Desormeaux is entering a six-week outpatient alcohol treatment program beginning on Tuesday, reports the New York Daily News. Desormeaux failed a Breathalyzer test on May 18 and lost his mount on Tiger Walk in May 19′s Preakness. His failed test also led to him losing the mount on Belmont hopeful Dullahan who is expected to be one of the favorites as he attempts to foil I’ll Have Another’s Triple Crown bid.
Desormeaux’s agent J.R. Pegram said that the program will allow him to ride in the afternoon as long as he passes his Breathalyzer test. Afterwards he would attend four hours of group and individual counseling every night.
“Losing Dullahan was an eye-opener,” Pegram said. “It’s time for him to get his act right.”