about kent

From a Cajun family, DesOrmeaux grew up on a farm where he was first introduced to horses through 4-H. He first raced American Quarter Horses and was only sixteen years old when he began working as an apprentice jockey at the Evangeline Downs racetrack in Lafayette, Louisiana. He won his first career stakes race on December 13, 1986, riding Godbey in the Maryland City Handicap at Laurel Park Racecourse.

His immediate success led to him moving north to compete on the Maryland racing circuit in 1987 where his performance earned him the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. In each of his first three years racing in Maryland, Kent DesOrmeaux won more races than any other jockey in the U.S. He is one of only four jockeys to have won three national titles in a row. No longer an apprentice, in 1989, he won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey and another in 1992. DesOrmeaux, along with Chris McCarron and Steve Cauthen, are the only jockeys to win the Eclipse Award in both the apprentice and overall categories.

In 1989, DesOrmeaux set the current record for most wins in a year with 598. In the early 1990s he moved to southern California and in late 1992 at the Hollywood Park racetrack he was thrown by a horse and trampled, suffering multiple skull fractures and permanent deafness in one ear. Despite the severe setback, he rebounded to his old form, riding Kotashaan to victory in the 1993 Breeders' Cup Turf and at the end of the year his peers voted him the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. In 1995, he scored his second Breeders' Cup title when he beat the "boys" in the Breeders' Cup Sprint with the filly Desert Stormer.

Amongst DesOrmeaux's other major stakes race victories, he became the first foreign jockey to win a Classic race in Japan.

He scored his 5,000th career victory on July 27, 2008 by guiding Bella Attrice to victory in the 7th race at Saratoga Race Course.

In 1998, Kent DesOrmeaux rode Real Quiet to victory in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. DesOrmeaux lost his bid to win the U.S. Triple Crown, and racing immortality, when Victory Gallop beat his horse by a nose in the final stride in the Belmont Stakes. He then went on to ride the Canadian 3-year-old champion colt Archers Bay to victory in the Queen's Plate. In 2000, DesOrmeaux won the Wood Memorial Stakes and his second Kentucky Derby aboard Fusaichi Pegasus.

DesOrmeaux, in 2008, won his third Kentucky Derby aboard Big Brown, in a time of 2:01 4/5. Big Brown won by just under five lengths. DesOrmeaux followed this victory with his ride on Big Brown to victory in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD in a time of 1:54 4/5. In the final race of the Triple Crown, however, the Belmont Stakes, DesOrmeaux was forced to ease Big Brown in after the colt tired at the quarter pole. On April 10, 2009, he won the Makers Mark Mile race on Mr. Sidney at Keeneland for a purse of 300,000 dollars.

Honors


  • 2004 - Kent DesOrmeaux was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.
  • 2009 - Kent Desormeau won the inaugural Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation Award

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
  • Firecracker Handicap 2008 2009
  • Travers Stakes 2009
  • Very One G3 2010
  • Rampart G3 2010
  • Ashland G1 2010
  • Madison G1 2010
  • Commonwealth G2 2010
  • La Troienne G2 2010
  • Sheepshead Bay G2 2010
  • All Along G3 2010
  • Colonial Turf Cup 2010
  • Chenery 2010
  • Virginia Derby 2010
  • Lucy Scribner 2010
  • Loudonville 2010
  • Waya 2010
  • New York Stallion Cab Calloway 2010
  • Secretariat-G1 2010
  • La Prevoyante-G3 2011
  • Eight Belles-G3 2011
  • Edgewood 2011
  • Distaff Turf Mile G2 2011
  • Dixie Handicap G2 2011
  • Debutante G3 2011
  • Barbaro Stakes 2011
  • Remsen Stakes G2 2011
  • Old Hat's Stakes 2012
  • Blue Grass Stakes 2012
  • Oklahoma Derby 2012

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins


  • Belmont Stakes 2009
  • Kentucky Derby 1998 2000 2008
  • Preakness Stakes 1998 2008
  • Breeders' Cup Turf 1993
  • Breeders' Cup Sprint 1995
  • Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile 2007
  • Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic 2010
  • Breeders' Futurity G1 2011

International race wins


  • Japanese Oaks 2001
  • 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)

Significant Horses


Dullahan, Real Quiet, Best Pal, Fusaichi Pegasus, Free House, Kotashaan, Sweetnorthernsaint, Stormello, Big Brown, Paddy O'Prado, Unrivalled Belle

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