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Kent Desormeaux

Louisiana, USA

Currently Residing:
Garden City
New York USA

Height: 5 3
Weight: 115 lb

His wife is Sonia. They have two sons - Joshua and Jacob.

At his childhood days, Kent Desormeaux wanted to be a professional basketball player. He began to ride in 1986 at Evangeline Downs and scored his first win riding Miss Tavern. He moved to Maryland in 1986 and enthralled the entire nation by his stupendous performance. In 1989 he made the record for victories in a year, counting 598. He married his childhood friend Sonia and they moved to Southern California in 1990. With their first child on the way, Desormeaux was involved in a spill at Hollywood Park. He was kicked off in the head by a trailing horse and fractured his skull in several places with profuse internal bleeding. At the age of twenty-five, he won his 3000th race and became the youngest jockey ever to reach that mark in 1995. Desormeaux became the youngest jockey to surpass 100 million in career earnings when he won the Philip H. Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park with Formal Gold. In 2001, Kent became the third youngest jockey behind Bill Shoemaker and Chris McCarron to win 4000 races. He is the first foreign-based jockey to win a Japanese classic with Lady Pastel in the Japanese Oaks. He was elected to the Racing s Hall of Fame in 2004. In the 1998 US Triple Crown session, Real Quiet raced to victory in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes but lost his bid to win the US Triple Crown when Victory Gallop beat him in the last leg of the Belmont Stakes. Kent Desormeaux has a record of riding 6 Belmont Stakes contenders. The jockey rode his way to success by riding the horse Summer Bird who came first in the June 2009 Belmont Stakes


Year Races Run Wins Place Show Earnings
2011 160 19 23 24 -
2009 457 89 61 62 -
2008 999 171 155 141 -
2007 1093 206 183 138 -
2006 810 135 99 123 -
2005 484 75 89 70 -
2004 696 109 108 104 -


• American Classics / Breeders Cup wins - Kentucky Derby (1998, 2000, 2008) Preakness Stakes (1998, 2008) Breeders Cup Turf (1993) Breeders Cup Sprint (1995)
• International race wins - Queen s Plate (1998) Woodbine Mile (1998, 2003)
• Racing Awards - Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey (1987) Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (1989, 1992) United States Champion Jockey by wins (1987, 1988, 1989) United States Champion Jockey by earnings (1992) George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1993)
• Honours - United States Racing Hall of Fame (2004)
• Significant Horses - Real Quiet, Best Pal, Fusaichi Pegasus, Free House, Kotashaan, Sweetnorthernsaint, Stormello, Big Brown
• Major Racing Wins - San Diego Handicap (1990) San Juan Capistrano Handicap (1990, 1993, 1999) Turf Classic Stakes (1990) Del Mar Breeders Cup Mile (1991, 1996) Santa Ana Handicap (1991, 1994, 1998, 1999) Oaklawn Handicap (1992, 1994) Pacific Classic Stakes (1992) Santa Barbara Handicap (1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002) Eddie Read Handicap (1993, 2000) Super Derby (1994) San Felipe Stakes (1994, 1995) Santa Anita Derby (1997) Woodward Stakes (1997, 2006) Arkansas Derby (1999) Spinster Stakes (1999) Pimlico Special (2000) Wood Memorial Stakes (2000) Del Mar Oaks (2002) Delta Jackpot Stakes (2002) Las Cienegas Handicap (2002) Maker s Mark Mile Stakes (2002) Jenny Wiley Stakes (2002) Arlington Million (2004) John C. Mabee Handicap (2004) Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (2004) Hollywood Futurity (2006) Maid of the Mist Stakes (2006) Clark Handicap (2006) La Habra Stakes (2006) Tuzla Handicap (2006) River City Handicap (2007) Tropical Turf Handicap (2007) Tropical Park Oaks (2007) Haskell Invitational Handicap (2008) Suwannee River Handicap (2008)
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