Desormeaux: Fighting to stay in the game while battling alcoholism
Kent Desormeaux is an alcoholic. He has fought the battle long and hard, and although he is a brilliant rider, his personal struggle has cost him much throughout the years.
In the past few weeks, it has cost him even more-a ride on Tiger Walk in the Preakness Stakes and any chance of riding Dullahan in the Belmont Stakes. He had been the regular rider of the Dale Romans-trained colt, who he rode to victory in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes and to a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.
“You can tell when he’s not acting right — he doesn’t ride right,” Romans said. “But when the good Kent shows up, he’s the best rider in the country, and one of the best of all time. That’s what the shame of it is.”