Kent Desormeaux

Birth Date: Friday, February 27, 1970
Birth Place: Maurice, La.

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Mounts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
73 3 6 12 $213,520
Career: Finished third in the 2013 Besilu Stables Florida Derby with the 29-1 longshot Merit Man. During the 2011-2012 Gulfstream meeting, he rode Sacristy to victory in the Old Hat (G3). He finished sixth in earnings during 2012 Keeneland Spring meeting 
 
Desormeaux captured the 2010 Rampart at Gulfstream aboard Unrivaled Belle, who went on to capture the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. 
 
Enjoyed acclaim in 2008 as the regular rider of champion Big Brown, the Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning Eclipse winner of 2008, and as Bill Mott’s go-to guy after Jerry Bailey’s retirement in 2006. 
 
He signaled his return to the upper echelon of jockeys by winning 31 races in three months at Gulfstream in 2007, his first season riding full-time in South Florida. 
 
He was only 34 when he was elected to racing’s Hall of Fame in 2004 ... Won three Eclipse Awards, his first as an apprentice in 1987 and his next two (1989 and ‘92) as a journeyman.
 
He joins Chris McCarron and Steve Cauthen as the only jockeys to win Eclipse Awards in both categories ... He also won the Kentucky Derbys with Real Quiet in 1998 and Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Real Quiet also won the Preakness and came within a nose of a Triple Crown sweep, losing the Belmont to Victory Gallop.
 
He became the youngest rider to win 3,000 races in 1995 and at age 27 was the youngest rider to go past the $100 million mark in career earnings, hitting that mark when riding Formal Gold to victory in the Iselin Handicap at Monmouth.
 
He won the George Woolf Award in 1993 for high standards in his personal and professional life.
 
Other: The native Louisianan won his apprentice Eclipse for his work riding in Maryland.  His father owned a small racetrack in Louisiana.