But despite all the different races and places, Desormeaux had never raced in the Oklahoma Derby and is believed to have never even competed in Remington Park.
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.