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Kent Desormeaux (born February 27, 1970 in Maurice, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana) is an American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey who holds the U.S. record for most races won in a single year. February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Maurice is a village located in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. ... Vermilion Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... State nickname: Pelican State Other U.S. States Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans Governor Kathleen Blanco Official languages None; English and French de facto Area 134,382 km² (31st)  - Land 112,927 km²  - Water 21,455 km² (16%) Population (2000)  - Population 4,468,976 (22nd)  - Density 39. ... Thoroughbred horse racing is the main form of horse-racing throughout the world. ... Toulouse-Lautrec - The Jockey (1899) In sports, a jockey is one who rides horses in racing, primarily as a profession. ...


From a Cajun family, Desormeaux grew up on a farm where he learned to ride horses at a young age. He first raced American Quarter Horses and was only sixteen-years-old when he began working as an apprentice jockey at the Evangeline Downs racetrack in Lafayette, Louisiana. His immediate success led to him moving north to compete on the Maryland racing circuit in 1987 where his performance earned him the Eclipse Award for best apprentice jockey. In each of his first three years racing in Maryland, Kent Desormeaux won more races than any other jockey in the U.S. He is one of only four jockeys to have won three national titles in a row. No longer an apprentice, in 1989 he won his second Eclipse Award as best overall jockey and then another in 1992. Desormeaux, along with Chris McCarron and Steve Cauthen, are the only jockeys to win the Eclipse Award in both the apprentice and overall categories. The Cajuns are an ethnic group consisting essentially of the descendants of Acadians who came from Nova Scotia to Louisiana as a result of their refusal to swear allegiance to the British Crown. ... The American Quarter Horse is a breed of horse originally bred specifically to race the quarter mile. ... Lafayette is a city located on the Vermilion River in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. ... State nickname: Old Line State; Free State Other U.S. States Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Official languages English Area 32,160 km² (42nd)  - Land 25,338 km²  - Water 6,968 km² (21%) Population (2000)  - Population 5,296,486 (19th)  - Density 165 /km² (5th) Admission into... Steve Cauthen (born May 1, 1960 in Covington, Kentucky) is an American jockey. ...


In 1989, Desormeaux set the current record for most wins in a year with 598. In the early 1990s he moved to southern California and in late 1992 at the Hollywood Park racetrack he was thrown by a horse and trampled, suffering multiple skull fractures and permanent deafness in one ear. Despite the severe setback, he rebounded to his old form, riding Kotashaan to victory in the 1993 Breeders' Cup Turf and at the end of the year his peers voted him the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. In 1995 he scored his second Breeders' Cup title when he beat the "boys" in the Breeders' Cup Sprint with the filly Desert Stormer. State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... The Breeders Cup Turf is a Thoroughbred horse race on turf for 3 years old and up. ... The Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is an annual series of thoroughbred horse races sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. ... The Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is an annual series of thoroughbred horse races sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and held on a single day at a predetermined site, usually in the United States but sometimes in Canada. ... A filly is a female horse, specifically one which has not reached sexual maturity. ...

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"Victory Gallop" denies Kent Desormeaux and "Real Quiet" the Triple Crown in the 1998 Belmont Stakes

In 1998 Kent Desormeaux rode Real Quiet to victory in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Desormeaux lost his bid to win the U.S. Triple Crown, and racing immortality, when Victory Gallop beat his horse by a nose in the final stride in the Belmont Stakes. He then went on to ride the Canadian 3-year-old champion colt Archers Bay to victory in the Queen's Plate. In 2000, Desormeaux won the Wood Memorial Stakes and his second Kentucky Derby aboard Fusaichi Pegasus. Amongst his other major stakes race victories he became the first foreign jockey to win a Classic race in Japan. Real Quiet is the horse that won the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. ... The Kentucky Derby is a stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged yearly in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. ... The Preakness Stakes is a classic 1 3/16 mile (1. ... The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing (Triple Crown for short, but the term is also used in other sports, and thus the full name should be used when it could cause confusion) consists of three races for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. ... The Belmont Stakes is a prestigious horse race held yearly in June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. ... The Queens Plate is North Americas oldest thoroughbred horse race, run at a distance of 1 1/4 miles for 3-year-old thoroughbed horses, foaled in Canada, run annually in July at Woodbine Racetrack, Etobicoke (Toronto), Ontario. ... The Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, New York is an American horse race first run in 1925. ...


In 2004, Kent Desormeaux was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was founded in 1950 in Saratoga Springs, New York, to honor the achievements of American thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers. ...


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Kent Desormeaux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (475 words)
Kent Desormeaux (born February 27, 1970 in Maurice, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana) is an American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey who holds the U.S. record for most races won in a single year.
Desormeaux lost his bid to win the U.S. Triple Crown, and racing immortality, when Victory Gallop beat his horse by a nose in the final stride in the Belmont Stakes.
In 2004, Kent Desormeaux was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
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Desormeaux will head south for the weekend as he is slated to ride at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Saturday and then is scheduled to head to the Fair Grounds on Sunday.
Kent hadn’t ridden him before but he watched all the tapes and did his homework so that was terrific,” the winning trainer said afterwards.
Desormeaux is also ranked in fifth nationally as of Saturday, a position he is sure to retain as a result of weekends such as this.
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