Jockey Kent Desormeaux says the result of a drinking binge after his victory in the Preakness Stakes prompted his decision to enter alcohol rehabilitation. In an interview with TVG, the 46-year-old said he couldn't remember what he did the Sunday night following his win aboard Exaggerator at Pimlico.
“I said that's just wrong,” Desormeaux recalled. “Why have all this success and I don't even remember where I was partying? I think that's when I hit bottom… I had a blackout. That's enough.”
Desormeaux also attributed his decision to get help for a 35-year battle with alcoholism to his family's support, in particular his wife and brother Keith, the trainer of Exaggerator.
“They have loved me like family does, and I thought it was my turn to say thank you,” Desormeaux said. “It's been long enough and the writing was on the wall and I said, it's been 40 years, I'll give them the next 40.”
Desormeaux also discussed riding in the Belmont, saying he thinks his colt might be able to “gallop these horses into the ground” but that the 1 1/2-mile race is always a mystery.
Watch the complete interview below.
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