Desormeaux fails breathalyzer test

Updated: May 18, 2012, 4:19 PM ET
By Ron Mitchell | Bloodhorse



After being taken off his mounts at Belmont Park May 18 for running afoul of New York's rule on alcohol impairment, Kent Desormeaux was also removed from his mount in the May 19 Preakness, Tiger Walk.

Ramon Dominguez will replace Desormeaux on Sagamore Farm's Tiger Walk, a 30-1 longshot trained by Ignacio Correas. The decision to remove Desormeaux from his mounts was first reported by Daily Racing Form.

"Mr. Desormeaux was removed from his mounts today because of a violation of Rule 4042.6(c)(2)," the New York State Racing and Wagering Board said in a statement. "The board is conducting an investigation into the matter."

"The presence of .05% or more alcohol in the blood by weight per volume as indicated by said device shall constitute alcoholic impairment and be a violation of this section," the rule states.

The incident is not the first involving Desormeaux and alcohol. In 2010, Woodbine in Canada kept Desormeaux from riding a race last year after blowing just a .02% in a breathalyzer test.