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« on: December 20, 2012, 10:44:31 PM »

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/75135/stevens-dashes-comeback-speculation


"As far as a comeback, I don't know who's spreading these rumors … I will be working for HRTV on opening day. That's the only comment I have," said Stevens, who turns 50 next March 6.
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 04:10:01 PM »

He was a star of "hbo's luck' and played off well with joey the
jock agent....outshined Dustin Hoffman by ten lengths
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2012, 05:01:47 PM »

JS you started the rumors.
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2012, 04:43:05 PM »

Sounds like a lot of commitment to not come back, I am going to say it will happen this meet.
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2012, 12:35:05 AM »

When Gary Stevens was at his best and winning major races, did you guys think of him as one of them riders that was a trend setter?
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2012, 04:24:02 AM »

Also played major role (ok, supporting, but it was major to me!) in Seabiscuit. It was he and not Toby Maguire that beat War Admiral!
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2012, 05:02:06 PM »

I was listening to some shows and they are saying he is attempting a comeback regardless of his public denials.
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2012, 05:12:24 PM »

COOLIDGE, HARDING OUT OF 2016 RACE.  head shake
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2012, 08:24:08 PM »

Germany invades France.
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2012, 08:25:40 PM »

"French Rifle For Sale, Almost New... Only Dropped Once."
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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2012, 01:36:59 AM »

He has only denied riding opening day.  People are questioning if trainers would now use him over talamo, bejarano, gomez, and garcia?  They dont see it.
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« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2012, 11:49:44 AM »

Maybe people will use him over people like Rafael Bejarano, Garrett Gomez, Joe Talamo, Julien Leparoux, edwin maldonado and Martin Garcia?? I mean would they use Gary Stevens!!
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« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2012, 08:19:07 PM »

He said hes back. 
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« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2012, 10:24:11 PM »

He aint gonna comeback anytime soon. According to what he said on HRTV.
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« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2012, 12:05:19 AM »

he started the rumors himself in the drf article i posted on here awhile back. tha guid, who us chitown people are very familiar with and who is a little bit older i believe made his return to the saddle and has had a fine year. can easily see stevens coming back and doing well. my personal guess is he does wanna come back, since he can no longer partially scratch his itch with luck, i hope he does!
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« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2012, 12:52:39 AM »

Can he dash his broadcasting career now?

He's too over the top. Every horse is Secretariat, every trainer is Henry Jones, and every boy is Jesus Christ.

Constructive critique, from a former boy, is acceptable.

Oh wait, everybody gets a trophy these days. Sorry.
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« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2012, 01:56:56 PM »

Nice stats he has:

Career Statistics:
    Starts: 27,595
    Firsts: 4,888
    Seconds: 4,365
    Thirds: 3,977
    Earnings: $221,212,704
    Avg. Earnings Per Start: $8,016

2008    1    0    0    1    $5,640
2005    487    94    62    80    $9,266,385
2004    266    49    38    42    $3,546,284
2003    345    58    62    50    $5,829,570
2002    339    45    51    49    $4,163,829
2001    532    99    91    82    $11,752,131
2000    211    36    41    29    $3,169,098
1999    459    89    81    77    $9,008,878
1998    867    176    145    122    $16,708,840
1997    929    194    165    141    $15,380,137
1996    810    164    162    114    $11,701,214
1995    929    201    141    129    $13,310,285
1994    1,401    258    221    236    $12,684,962
1993    1,232    248    225    174    $11,589,008
1992    1,527    248    252    230    $11,110,413
1991    1,499    242    229    228    $12,589,707
1990    1,504    283    245    202    $13,881,198
1989    1,553    262    268    208    $10,271,281
1988    1,795    373    294    236    $13,737,203
1987    1,586    272    270    226    $8,358,912
1986    1,825    332    276    266    $11,303,068
1985    1,454    218    206    231    $6,642,408
1984    1,670    300    259    227    $2,410,474
1983    1,530    255    201    208    $1,505,556
1982    1,357    182    169    190    $831,480
1981    658    93    98    93    $234,341
1980    463    61    61    56    $158,696
1979    366    56    52    50    $61,706
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2012, 01:17:09 AM »

Photo of Gary Stevens on Saturday morning posted in Twitter 5 hours ago:

https://twitter.com/ClockersCorner/status/285179736920031232/photo/1
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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2012, 11:42:38 AM »

how many times is this guy going to retire?

reminds me of Anthony Black--he retires twice a year--Parx hands him a 2/5 shot and gives out cake to the fans(literally)

then the following year he is riding again for Cynthia Resse

more cake -another layoff and another 2/5 shot

Stevens of course was a master--but cut me an ephing break--its nauseating
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« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2012, 09:49:39 PM »

How many itches does Stevens got?
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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2012, 11:53:37 PM »

How many itches does Stevens got?

he has retired at least three times already that i know of
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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2012, 11:56:54 PM »

too old and off too long
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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2013, 11:37:47 AM »

jstuff was right , he had the scoop...stevens to return to riding...
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« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2013, 12:30:19 PM »

 Will not come back. He has two bad knees that cause chronic pain. VERY BAD KNEES! Said he don't want to be a cripple. Mark Guidry is healthy, just broke as a joke when he made his comeback.
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« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2013, 05:44:29 PM »

http://www.drf.com/news/gary-stevens-returns-saddle-sunday-santa-anita

Gary Stevens returns to the saddle Sunday at Santa Anita
By Steve Andersen

ARCADIA, Calif. – Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens is making a comeback at Santa Anita on Sunday, seven years after he retired from riding and two months after he resumed working horses.

Stevens, 49, has been named to ride Jebrica in a $50,000 claimer on turf in Sunday’s sixth race. It is his only mount of the day and is the start of a comeback that Stevens said Thursday he has been contemplating since late last year.

Stevens made the announcement on HRTV late Thursday morning at its studio at Santa Anita. Stevens has worked for HRTV as a commentator in recent years, as an analyst for NBC in its coverage of the Triple Crown races, and was an actor in the short-lived HBO television series “Luck,” which aired in 2012. He also played the role of George Woolf in the 2003 movie “Seabiscuit.”

He emphasized Thursday that he plans to continue his television commitments as he returns to riding.

“We’ll see how it plays out,” he said in an interview with Daily Racing Form after his television announcement.

“I’m not looking to ride seven a day. I’m not looking to be leading rider. I’m looking to ride good horses with good futures. My plan is to help advance their careers.”

Stevens retired in November 2005 with 4,888 career wins, including three wins in the Kentucky Derby. He has been working horses at Santa Anita in recent weeks and was active Thursday morning.

Stevens began taking steps toward a comeback in November, when he approached Thoroughbred owner Mark Dedomenico, a heart doctor in Washington. Dedomenico advised Stevens on a weight-loss program, a personal trainer, a nutritionist, and a sports psychologist.

Stevens said he changed his diet and spent two weeks doing extensive workouts before he began to exercise horses at the Pegasus Training Center in Washington.

“I wanted to be fit enough to get on horses,” he said. “I knew if I did get on horses, they’d be good horses. I didn’t feel comfortable enough if the horse was strong, or pulled. I wanted it to be safe for the horse and the other riders.”

In addition, he said that he has given up alcohol – for personal reasons and to ensure fitness.

“It’s never been a secret that I like my share of beers,” he said.

“It’s been going on since I was 18 years old. I’d get out of the shower [after racing] and have a beer.”

Since early November, his weight has dropped from 132 to 119 pounds, he said.

“I’ve gone through a life-altering experience in the last eight weeks,” Stevens said.

Stevens continued to exercise horses when he returned to Southern California in December. He said on HRTV that one key moment occurred as he worked the English stakes winner Strong Suit in December and felt the sort of enthusiasm he enjoyed in his racing career.

“When he broke off, it was like Rock Hard Ten, Point Given, or Silver Charm,” Stevens said, referring to three of the leading horses of his career. “I had missed that feeling – the strength, the power, and the speed underneath you.

“I said, ‘You’re fit. You really should do this.’ ”

When Stevens retired, he spoke often about the toll riding took on his body, specifically his knees. He said he felt no discomfort in Washington or more recently.

“I was getting on yearlings that are 2-year-olds now,” he said. “The strength is there.”

He was on the phone with a colleague from NBC shortly after the HRTV announcement, discussing plans to continue working with them.

“If I ride a prep race, I won’t ride the Kentucky Derby,” he said.

“You can be a pinch-hitter in many good races.”

Considered one of the more popular riders in Southern California in recent decades, Stevens could add to a career that includes nine wins in the Santa Anita Derby and eight wins in Breeders’ Cup races.

“I don’t know how this will turn out,” he said. “But I’m excited about Sunday.”
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