Brothers Kent and Keith Desormeaux were the first jockey and trainer to team up for a win in the 2016 Preakness, when Exaggerator crossed the line in front. Though both are originally from Louisiana, neither has been able to win the state's premier race for 3-year-olds, the Louisiana Derby. This Saturday, the pair will try to accomplish that goal together with morning-line favorite My Boy Jack.
“Kent never rode here full-time, but I've been in New Orleans (for races) every year since 1993,” trainer Keith Desormeaux told theadvocate.com. “I have plenty of history here. So for me to be able to win the Louisiana Derby, a million-dollar race in my home state, would be gratifying and emotional and most of all, a lot of fun.”
My Boy Jack won the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and will try for a repeat performance at the Fair Grounds. Reflecting on the build up to the Louisiana Derby, the elder Keith Desormeaux made note of the differences between his job on the ground and his brother's in the saddle.
“I bought My Boy Jack in September, 2016, and it's been a 2-year developmental process,” he said. “Kent's job is two minutes. His job is as important as mine is, but it's two different (aspects).”
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