Kent Desormeaux fails alcohol test
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux didn't ride in the Preakness on Saturday after he failed a Breathalyzer test in New York.
Desormeaux, a two-time Preakness winner, was removed as the rider of 30-1 long shot Tiger Walk by owner Kevin Plank's Sagamore Farm and trainer Ignacio Correas, and replaced by Ramon Dominguez.
Tiger Walk finished eighth under Dominguez in the 11-horse field.
The 42-year-old Desormeaux failed the test at Belmont Park, and was taken off all three of his scheduled mounts. He has not been suspended, but the New York State Racing and Wagering Board is conducting an investigation.
According to a rule in New York that went into effect April 27, every jockey named to ride is required to undergo a test for alcohol consumption.
''This was a team decision and sometimes things happen for a reason,'' Sagamore Farm general manager Tom Mullikin wrote on the farm's Twitter account. ''We're trying to run a professional operation & can't have any distractions this weekend. We spoke w/ Kent and wished him well.''
Dominguez is a two-time Eclipse Award winner as the nation's leading jockey but is looking for his first Preakness win. He's now 0 for 10 but has finished second two times, with First Dude in 2010 and Scrappy T in 2005.
According to the Racing Form, Desormeaux failed a Breathalyzer test at Woodbine in July 2010 and was removed from his mount, Hold Me Back, in the Dominion Day Handicap. Hold Me Back won that race with Tyler Pizarro aboard.
Desormeaux is a three-time Eclipse Award winner with more than 5,400 wins, including Kentucky Derby and Preakness victories aboard Real Quiet in 1998 and Big Brown in 2008.