Kent Desormeaux named Jockey of the Week November 22-28

on 12/01/2021 2:43 PM

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Veteran jockey Kent Desormeaux closed the Del Mar Bing Crosby meet on a high note by winning two graded stakes during the track’s turf festival.  His achievements earned the title of Jockey of the Week for November 22 through November 28. The honor, which is voted on by a panel of racing experts, is for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 1050 active, retired and permanently disabled jockeys in the United States.

The holiday weekend card featured seven stakes races on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.  Riding for trainer Phil D’Amato on Friday, Desormeaux was aboard the stretch-running Say the Word for the first time in the Gr. II Hollywood Turf Cup. Say the Word was last in the field of seven for the first mile of the 1-1/2-mile contest for three-year-olds and up. Desormeaux swung Say the Word to the outside at the top of the stretch and in a drive to the wire overtook his stablemate, Acclimate to win by a length in 2:27.62. The win was Desormeaux’s first in the Hollywood Turf Cup.

Trainer John Shirreffs gave a leg up to Desormeaux on Beyond Brilliant in Saturday’s Grade I Hollywood Derby.  In the field of 14, Desormeaux was riding Beyond Brilliant for the third time. From an inside post, the duo made every pole a winning one finishing the nine furlong test over Santin by a neck in 1:48.84. “All the credit for this win goes to the barn,” said Desormeaux to the Del Mar publicity office. “They’ve done wonders with this horse the past month. When I rode him last time (10/31) at Santa Anita, he was a handful to control. Today he was easy.” The victory was the first for Desormeaux in the Hollywood Derby. He has 87 stakes wins at Del Mar, ninth most of all riders.

After a slow start to the meet, Hall of Famer Desormeaux came on strong to finish 4th in the Del Mar standings with 10 wins and $1,153,196 in purses.

Desormeaux outpolled Tyler Gaffalione who was the leading rider in wins for the week, Jose Lezcano who won three stakes races, Jose Ortiz with two Grade I stakes and one Grade III, and Irad Ortiz, Jr. who won four stakes races.


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