Maurice native Kent Desormeaux riding for Triple Crown
Maurice native Kent Desormeaux and undefeated 3-year-old
colt Big Brown are the favorites, with 2-5 odds, to win tomorrow’s Belmont
Stakes and become the first horse racing team to capture the coveted Triple
Crown in 30 years. They stand to join an elite club of 11 other Triple Crown
winners, the last of which was Affirmed and jockey Steve Cauthen in 1978.
Desormeaux and Big Brown will start from the inside rail in tomorrow’s race,
having yesterday drawn the No. 1 post. The inside post has produced the most
Belmont winners (23) since 1905. Big Brown will face off against nine rivals;
chief among them is Japanese-owned Casino Drive, with 7-2 odds on the morning
line. Desormeaux is 0-5 riding in the Belmont.
For Desormeaux, the race is a shot at redemption after
ten years ago losing the Triple Crown by a nose aboard Real Quiet. Desormeaux
has since uprooted his family from California to New York and experienced a
late career revival. The Hall of Fame jockey also says he is riding tomorrow
for his nine-year-old son, Jacob, who suffers with the rare genetic disorder
Usher Syndrome – a disease that could leave him blind by early adulthood. For
more on Desormeaux, and his rise from Louisiana bush tracks to the pinnacle of
horse racing, read the cover story, “Winner’s Circle,” in this week’s Independent.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.