Until Sunday afternoon, when the jockey legend made his Oklahoma City debut in victorious fashion.
With Politicallycorrect a heavy underdog (10-1 odds at race time), Desormeaux broke away on the last straightaway of the 1 1/8 mile track, despite a wide run, to take the win in 1:50.23.
“He was drifting on me,” Desormeaux said. “And when I tried to correct him, he'd slow down. So I said, ‘I'm not going to do that again.' As long as he was progressing, I was going to let him drift. And he exploded.”
The favorite, Willy Beamin (jockeyed by Hall of Famer Edgar Prado), entered with 8-5 race time odds and came in second place, earning $80,000. Call to Service (4-1 odds) came in third, earning $44,000.