When Kent DesOrmeaux gets a leg up aboard the early Belmont Stakes (gr. I) favorite, Exaggerator, on June 11, he will bring with him a new focus on life and a determination to win that exceeds even the intense competition of the racetrack.
Since his victory in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Desormeaux has been to a rehab facility in Utah, finally coming to terms with his alcoholism, which he has been battling for years. He realizes that the foe he finally has confronted will be tougher than any of his opponents in the Belmont.
“I would like to thank each and every owner and trainer who has given me the confidence in myself,” he said. “Whatever questions they may have had in their mind, I can assure them there now will be no questions. I thank them all for the mounts and the opportunities they have given me.