‘Rough, Little And Tough’: Former Jockey Rudy Turcotte Passes At Age 69

At the age of 69, former jockey Rudy Turcotte died on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Canada. He won the Grade 1 Laurel Futurity on Cure the Blues in 1980 and once rode six winners in a single day at Aqueduct, but his career was cut short due to alcoholism. “Despite his remarkable gifts as a […]

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Addiction In Jockeys: ‘There Was Always Something Missing In My Life’

Earlier this week, the Professional Jockeys Association released the latest of its “Jockey Matters” film series entitled “Addiction and Recovery,” an effort to encourage jockeys struggling with alcoholism or other forms of addiction to seek help. The video features retired jockey Johnny Murtagh, a three-time Derby winner, speaking at length about his own battle with […]

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

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 […]

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Desormeaux Treated By Alcohol Rehab Program; Returns Thursday

Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux issued a brief statement late Saturday morning through his agent J.R. Pegram stating that Desormeaux will return to riding in New York on Thursday, June 9, following a brief stay in an alcohol rehabilitation program at Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah. “It was time […]

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Jockey Hebert Making Comeback: ‘You Know When You Have The Love For Something?’

Jockey Tracy Hebert hit “rock bottom” when he went to jail for driving under the influence, according to the Denver Post. Now, determined to stay clean, he’s making a new life for himself at Arapahoe Downs. He added six wins to his career total of over 3,800 on opening weekend at the Colorado track, which […]

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Horseman Recounts His Battle Back From Alcoholism

For one horseman, Mucho Macho Man’s win in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic was a victory beyond the racetrack. Finn Green, racing manager to Dean and Patti Reeves, detailed his long battle with alcoholism in a recent edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Once fired from a job with Spendthrift Farm, he lost his house and his […]

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Baze Returns with Five Mounts at Santa Anita Wednesday

Jockey Tyler Baze returns to racing on Jan. 1 when he is scheduled to ride in five races at Santa Anita. According to an article in the Daily Racing Form, Baze, who was suspended for four months after failing an alcohol field test at Hollywood Park, received clearance to resume riding after meeting with stewards […]

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