LOUISVILLE, KY (WVUE) - - Maurice, Louisiana is so small it's not even a city, it is called a village. The population is under a 1,000 and it's located outside of Lafayette in Vermillion Parish. This little village is taking Louisville by storm this week thanks to the Desormeaux brothers. Kent the jockey, and Keith the trainer caught Derby fever as children in the amateur race circuit of Cajun country.
"We did participate as a hobby in the bush track racing back in the day that is no longer around," said Keith. "That struck a chord, struck a fire and it never left. To my mother's dismay. She expected a different career path. I'm sure she's proud now that we're competing at the highest level of our chosen careers."
Which led me easily into my next question. What did she want you to be?
"Anything but a racetracker."
Kent and Keith will be the third brother combo to run in the Kentucky Derby. Kent is a three-time champ of The Run for the Roses, but the last one came in 2008. His star has fallen in the last few years, but Keith never thought of hiring anyone else.
"I'm lucky enough that my brother is skilled enough to be in the hall of fame. So it's not like I had a choice in the matter. It's a lucky coincidence. If I'm here, and my brother is mediocre, bad rider, he wouldn't be on the horse today. I'm lucky I didn't have to make that choice," said Keith.
The Desormeaux brothers hopes for the Kentucky Derby falls with Exaggeraor. He's the second-favorite in betting odds at 6-1. Last time out, he won the Santa Anita Derby.