Kent Desormeaux

Kent Desormeaux

Anne M. Eberhardt

Desormeaux to Hospital After Kick by Horse

Rider unseated before eighth race and then kicked in chest as he tried to remount.

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken to a hospital after he was unseated in the post parade for the eighth race at Santa Anita Park Sept. 28 and was subsequently kicked in his chest. 

Desormeaux was aboard 2-year-old filly and first time starter She's a Big Winner when she reared and unseated him. Desormeaux got to his feet in an apparent attempt to remount the filly when she kicked him violently with a hind leg, causing him to reel backwards approximately 10 feet. He was transported by ambulance to Arcadia Methodist Hospital.

The 42-year-old rider has enjoyed a career resurgence since returning to Southern California on a full-time basis this past May. He had three wins earlier on the card and is tied for second with Martin Pedroza and Joe Talamo in the newly begun autumn meet rider standings.

She's a Big Winner was scratched by the stewards.