Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux has been removed from his mount Tiger Walk after failing a breathalyzer test on Friday, according to Chris Korman of The Baltimore Sun. The rider has also been disqualified from two other races leading up to the 2012 Preakness Stakes.
Desormeaux, an accomplished jockey with Kentucky Derby wins on Real Quiet in 1998 and Big Brown in 2008, has dealt with other conduct issues in the past. In 2011, he was arrested for striking a security guard with his car at Saratoga Race Track. Pleading guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct, Desormeaux was fined $2,000 and mandated to take a defensive driving course.
Tiger Walk's trainer Ignacio Correas will replace Desormeaux with Ramon Dominiguez, The 35-year-old Venezuelan has an impressive record with 348 wins, but with the No. 1 post position, he will need to fly out of the gate in order to avoid being boxed in. At this point, Tiger Walk's odds are 15-1.