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2009 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico


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Kent Desormeaux winner of the Pimlico Jockey Challenge
Kent Desormeaux winner of the Pimlico Jockey Challenge,

Kent Desormeaux, winner of the Pimlico Jockey Challenge, winning the 5th race aboard Bette to Win.

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Kent Desormeaux was the winner of the Jockey Challenge, winning the second race of the competition and finishing third in the first and last contest races to earn 22 points and take home the $14,000 first prize. Desormeaux said, "I actually had butterflies going into the starting gate (for race 10, the final race of the contest). I've ridden in a lot of these contests around the world, but I've never won one before. It's good to be home with all my friends in Maryland."

Javier Castellano was second with 20 points netting him $10,000, followed by Garrett Gomez with 18 who earned $8,000. The other competitors and point totals were: Julien Leparoux (17), Ramon Dominguez (16), Mario Pino (9), Mike Smith (3) and Rafael Bejarano (3). The Maryland Jockey Club also presented a check for $5,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys.

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