Desormeaux Fights Alcoholism: ‘I Will Put My Body In Motion And Stay Busy’

by | 06.05.2016 | 5:58pm
Kent Desormeaux

Kent Desormeaux is a Hall of Fame rider who has seen a lot of success on the racetrack, most recently in winning the 2016 Preakness Stakes aboard his brother's Keith's horse, Exaggerator. The younger Desormeaux announced yesterday, via his agent, that it was time for him to take up the battle against alcoholism, and that he had been in a rehab facility since early last week. Steve Haskin of bloodhorse.com reports that Desormeaux has been able to keep his riding and drinking lives separate, for the most part; he failed breathalyzer tests in 2010 and 2012, and received a fine from Del Mar for an alcohol infraction last year.

“I am now in full understanding of the depth of my problem and I am now going to address it professionally,” Desormeaux began. “I used to be an avid golfer and I'm going to take up golf again. And if you look me up in two years, I promise you I will be an avid golfer once again. I will put my body in motion and stay busy.”

Desormeaux will return to New York in time to ride Exaggerator in the Belmont Stakes, and will likely be aboard the son of Curlin for his scheduled workout on Tuesday morning. Despite only eight days spent in a rehab facility in Utah, a representative will accompany the jockey across the country for the next 20 days, keeping him on track.

Keith Desormeaux, Exaggerator's trainer, is said to be “much more concerned and interested in Kent's well-being” than his brother's presence in New York to ride the horse, according to family friend Michael Klein.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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