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Jockey Kent Desormeaux Out of Rehab Ahead of Belmont Stakes

He is scheduled to return to riding Thursday at Belmont Park in New York

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    Jockey Kent Desormeaux Out of Rehab Ahead of Belmont Stakes
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    Jockey Kent Desormeaux raises the Woodlawn Vase after Exaggerator wins the Preakness Stakes, on May 21, 2016 at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore. Desormeaux has returned from a drug and alcohol rehab center.

    Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux has returned from a drug and alcohol rehab center and was aboard Preakness winner Exaggerator for a morning workout at Belmont Park.

    The 46-year-old rider on Tuesday acknowledged those who helped him through his struggles.

    With his brother Keith, Exaggerator's trainer, by his side, Desormeaux said: "I think that my brother, mostly my wife, and my family have supported me through all the years, and it was my turn to say thank you."

    Exaggerator is expected to be the favorite in a field of 13 for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

    After winning the Preakness on May 21, Kent Desormeaux returned to California. His last day of riding was on May 30 before he checked into Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah.

    Desormeaux failed breath tests at tracks in 2010 and 2012.