Kent Desormeaux, suspended since March, hopes to return to horse riding

Jockey Kent Desormeux, suspended since early March, could be on the way back to California. The Hall of Famer is scheduled for a hearing before Del Mar’s board of directors on July 29 in hopes of getting back in the saddle.

Desormeaux has been suspended since March 4 after failing to appear for a stewards’ hearing the day before to address an alcohol-related incident on Del Mar property last November. In the complaint filed by the California Horse Racing Board in January, it alleged that Desormeaux “had a disturbance in the Del Mar RV park.

“He was seen arguing with his girlfriend and screaming causing a disturbance… where security had to respond to the location,” the complaint read. He also noted that Desormeaux “admitted to drinking alcohol throughout the year”.

An earlier ruling against Desormeaux, who has a history of alcohol-related incidents, said he would “refrain from using any type of mood-altering or mood-altering substance” from December 14, 2020 to December 26, 2021.

California Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten said the hearing was “essentially” related to the January complaint.

Prior to Desormeaux’s suspension, he was arrested in Louisiana for domestic violence and assault in late January. Roger Licht, Desormeaux’s attorney, said Daily race form “no action has been filed” in Louisiana but officials have up to three years to do so.

“He looks great and very excited to get back to work,” Licht told DRF.

Desormeaux has not driven since Jan. 23 at Santa Anita. The 52-year-old has won 6,116 races in North America, including three Kentucky Derbys and seven Triple Crowns.

Clyde P. Johnson