Big Brown Jockey Rides for Ailing Son

Desormeaux wants Triple Crown for family as much as for himself
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 11:51 AM CDT
In this May 3, 2008 file photo, Kent Desormeaux rides Big Brown to victory in the 134th Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Big Brown will try for the Preakness next.    (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
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(Newser) – Kent Desormeaux, the jockey who rode Big Brown to victory in the Kentucky Derby, wants his son to see him win the Preakness tomorrow—before his eyesight fails entirely. Nine-year-old Jacob suffers from a genetic disorder that took his hearing and is slowly compromising his vision, but that hasn't stopped him from exulting in his dad's success, writes USA Today.

"We give him all of the life experiences we possibly can," Jacob's mother says, "and let him see as much as he can while he can." There are other good reasons to win as well: the competitive spirit, the prize money, and, of course, the honor. "You're talking about never being forgotten," says Desormeaux.