Kentucky Derby

Belmont notes: Desormeaux gets Belmont mount

I'll Have Another, with exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard, headed for a workout at Belmont Park in New York on Monday.
I'll Have Another, with exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard, headed for a workout at Belmont Park in New York on Monday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Kent Desormeaux has landed a ride in the Belmont Stakes after losing his mount in the Preakness Stakes because he failed a Breathalyzer test.

Doodnauth Shivmangal, who owns and trains Guyana Star Dweej, said the colt will run in the Belmont on Saturday and that Desormeaux will be aboard.

The Hall of Fame jockey was on the horse for a half-mile workout Monday. Desormeaux has ridden in the Belmont seven times, and won it in 2009 with Summer Bird. He finished second in 1998, when Real Quiet's Triple Crown bid was spoiled, and in 2002 with Medaglia d'Oro.

Guyana Star Dweej had Eddie Castro as his jockey in his last race on April 27. Apprentice Samuel Camacho Jr. rode him in three previous races, including his only win on April 7.

"Kent came by with his agent and they were asking about the horse," Shivmangal said. "We were debating who would ride him. My kids were thinking I should bring Camacho back to ride. I told them I have nothing against him. He won on the horse, but this is a big race, the toughest of the Triple Crown races to win.

"I met with my wife and kids and we decided to go with Kent. We felt it was the right decision to have an experienced jockey who knows what it takes. We believe in loyalty, but this is a big race. You have to have somebody who knows how to do it."

Guyana Star Dweej had been pointed to the May 19 Preakness, but he hurt his left front leg three days before the race.

Desormeaux was removed as the rider of Tiger Walk for the Preakness after the 42-year-old rider failed the test at Belmont Park. A new rule requires all jockeys riding at the track to undergo a test for alcohol consumption.

He failed a Breathalyzer test at Woodbine in July 2010 and was removed from his mount that day.

'Another' gallop

I'll Have Another took his usual 11/2-mile gallop around Belmont Park on Monday in preparation for his bid to win the Triple Crown.

The colt walked and jogged alongside stable pony Lava Man before galloping through the stretch.

"We were very happy with his training," trainer Doug O'Neill said.

I'll Have Another's jockey Mario Gutierrez was scheduled to arrive in New York on Monday evening. He is expected to take a tour of the track with former jockey Richard Migliore on Thursday and is set to ride Boxeur des Rues in the Brooklyn Handicap on Friday at the same 11/2-mile distance as the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Hansen sidelined

Hansen, last year's 2-year-old champion who finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby, won't be coming to New York this weekend.

Trainer Mike Maker said Monday that Hansen has a depleted red blood cell count that will keep him from starting in the $400,000 Woody Stephens on the Belmont undercard Saturday.

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