Ramon Dominguez will replace Desormeaux on Sagamore Farm's Tiger Walk, a 30-1 shot trained by Ignacio Correas.
“It was a team decision,” Correas said. “Ramon is a great rider. We’re happy to have him.”
Dominguez said: “I’m excited to ride the horse, not necessarily the way it happened. I’m happy that they chose me to ride this horse. I know very little (about Tiger Walk). I rode against him a couple of times in New York, and I will have to go look at a couple of replays to take a look at his running style.”
The incident is not the first involving Desormeaux and alcohol. In 2010, Woodbine in Canada kept Desormeaux from riding a race after blowing just a .02% in a breathalyzer test.
“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.