Triple Crown 2012: Kent Desormeaux Gets Shot Riding Guyana Star Dweej

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was supposed to ride Dullahan in the Belmont Stakes, but failed a breathalyzer test on May 18. That knocked him out of riding on Tiger Walk in the Preakness, but Desormeaux has found a replacement ride for the Belmont this weekend.

The 42 year old will be riding long-shot Guyana Star Dweej -- and, ironically enough, "dweej" in Hindu means "born again".

"Yes. I'm excited," Desormeaux told the New York Daily News. "This is a historical race, a big event. I'm thrilled to be involved."

Dullahan is expected to have the second- or third-best odds in the race behind I'll Have Another. But now Desormeaux, who began a six-week alcohol rehabilitation last week, will try to add to a Hall Of Fame career that includes one Belmont win by finishing higher than most expect on Guyana Star Dweej.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find a A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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