Report: Desormeaux hoping for December return after rehab stint

Report: Desormeaux hoping for December return after rehab stint
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Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux is looking to return to the saddle for the start of the Santa Anita winter-spring meet upon completion of a stint in alcohol rehabilitation, the Daily Racing Form reports.

Desormeaux – who was barred from Del Mar in July after an alleged alcohol-fueled altercation with a camera man in the parking lot, during which he allegedly used a racial slur – was suspended for 15 days in September, according to the DRF story.

He has not ridden since the incident and checked himself into rehab in Pasadena, Calif., in October according to DRF, and is scheduled to get out in December.

“Everything is going good for him,” Desormeaux’s agent J.R. Pegram told DRF.

According the story, after getting out of the inpatient rehab facility, Desormeaux will enter a sober-living facility and then spend six months in outpatient treatment, attending classes at night.

Desormeaux’s suspension has ended, but to return he must be evaluated by the Winner’s Foundation, an organization that deals with racetrack personnel who have had substance abuse problems, according to DRF.

Desormeaux has won 6,058 races throughout his career but has had a rough go the last several years. Throughout 2019 and 2020 he has only 34 victories, and has had several other alcohol-related incidents to answer for.

The Santa Anita meet is scheduled to begin Dec. 26.

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