OUR MEMORIES
Stevens, L. Gary


 

FIERY COMPETITOR

 

Background:

 

1963-03-06 Gary Stevens was born in Caldwell, Idaho, U.S.

 

1970, at age 7, he had to wear a hip brace for nineteen months due to a degenerative disease of the hip, Perthes syndrome.

 

1971, at age 8, Stevens began working for his horse trainer father, Ron, as a groom.

 

1977, by the time he was 14, he was riding American Quarter Horses.

 

Stevens dropped out of high school to become a full-time jockey.

 

 

INSIGHTFUL ANALYST

 

Racing career:

 

1979, at Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, and in his first start had a winner Thoroughbred.

 

He soon became a leading rider in Washington, then moved down the coast into California.

 

1993, Gary Stevens became the youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in earnings.

 

Stevens has been in the winner’s circle three times each at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

 

He won the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times, and he has won eight Breeders’ Cup races, making him the fourth-leading money winner in Breeders’ Cup history so far.

 

2005 retirement, his mounts had collected over US$221 million with 4,888 winners in the USA and over 5000 wins when including overseas victories.

 

2013, his Coming back at Pimlico, landed the Preakness Stakes on OXBOW and added additional wins to his lifetime total.

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Awards & Honors:

 

George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1996)

 

Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (1998)

 

Mike Venezia Memorial Award (1999)

 

United States Racing Hall of Fame (1998)

 

 

Perfect Rides:

 

Significant horses

 

POINT GIVEN, THUNDER GULCH, SILVER CHARM, OXBOW

 

 

Acting career:

 

2003, in movie Seabiscuit, Stevens played jockey George Woolf.

 

2011, he became a regular cast member on the HBO television series, starring as jockey Ronnie.

 

 

Retirement:

 

2005-11-27, Stevens announced his retirement. That day at Churchill Downs, he finished second aboard a 4-year-old mare named LOUVE ROYALE in his final race as a jockey.

 

2006 January, he became a racing analyst with TVG. Also that month he joined NBC Sports as its racing analyst.

 

2006-07-10, James Risch, Governor of Idaho, proclaimed the week of July 10, 2006, to be Gary Stevens Week.

 

2007 March, Stevens became the jockey agent for Corey Nakatani.

 

2009-06-01, Stevens began Gary Stevens Racing Stable Inc. where Stevens trained horses with the assistance of his son, T.C. Stevens.

 

His horses were stabled at Santa Anita and shipped to various races throughout the country.

 

Comeback:

2013-01-03, Stevens revealed on HRTV that he was coming out of retirement to ride horses as a professional jockey again.

 

2013-01-06, he was named to ride a horse at Santa Anita Park.

 

2013-01-12, Stevens won the first race of his comeback on BRANDING.

 

2013-05-18, Gary Stevens aboard Oxbow won the 138th Preakness Stakes, his third Preakness win.

 

 

SUMMARY

 

He is a master at timing the final run and getting his mount to put its nose on the wire first.

 

 

REFERENCE

 

Statistics:

RECORDS IN HONG KONG:

 

Season: wins/rides

 

94-95: 20/89

 

96-97: 0/11

 

Total Wins: 20

 

 

Including:

 

94-95

 

P & O Cup (SPLENDID)

 

AHKRJ Cup (PLANET)

 

Sports Club Cup (GUTS)

 

Banyan Tree Handicap (FLYING HIGH)

 

 

 

RELATED LINK

 

Gary Stevens – video showcase
Gary Stevens – photo gallery
Jardines – 《RacingMemories.HK》

 

 

Acknowledgment to Mr Lacuda Mengnah, Mr Peter Yuen and Mr Kelvin Lee for relevant data.

Acknowledgment to HKJC Racing Registry for offering relevant records.

 

 

 


 

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