‘I Learned A Lot About Myself’: Desormeaux Makes A Return To Racing After Rehab

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux is set to make his return to racing after a three month hiatus, according to Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN). This comeback is following Desormeaux’s participation in a rehabilitation program at a local facility for substance abuse.

This is not the jockey’s first trip to rehab in an attempt overcome substance issues. His most recent stint came in 2016. Desormeaux says that this three-month period has been his strongest effort yet.

“This one was not a resort. It was not a vacation. It was not intended to buy some time,” he said to TDN’s Dan Ross. “I learned a lot about myself and came back to reality. There’s a lot of people who certainly care about me, love me and they were deeply concerned.”

Desormeaux’s return to Santa Anita to ride for his brother, Keith Desormeaux, comes with some strict requirements concerning his sobriety. One of those requirements is having to undergo routine testing for narcotics and alcohol. He told Ross that this testing schedule allows no room for slipping up without getting caught.

Desormeaux will make his first start back in race three at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, 2020.

Read more at throughbreddailynews.com.

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