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« on: January 03, 2013, 02:12:25 PM »

Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens, who announced his comeback live on HRTV today, will be holding a live press conference at Santa Anita Park at 11:30 PT/2:30 ET.
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 02:32:49 PM »

GREAT NEWS!
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 05:44:04 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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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 06:16:29 PM »

Old and washed -up = exciting!
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 06:20:47 PM »

Santa Anita - 1/6/2013
Race    Race Type    Horse    Trainer
6    Claiming    Jebrica    Jim Penney
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 08:49:41 PM »

CA Riding colony is still tough but anywhere near it was 10-15 years ago. All Gary Stevens has to deal with is Rafael Bejarano, Joe Talamo, Garrett Gomez, Edwin Maldonado, Martin Garcia, Tyler Baze, Julien Leparoux and Mike Smith. In the East, he would've had to deal with tougher like Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, John Velazquez, Jose Lezcano, Ramon Dominguez, Rajiv Maragh and Rosie Napravnik. So techincally Gary chose the right place to make his comeback in the West.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013, 08:53:23 AM »

Maybe Brett Farve is coming back again - LOL!
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013, 10:27:36 AM »

He is coming back for a special horse.
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013, 12:18:42 PM »

Nice lifetime statistics on Gary:

Year    Starts    Firsts    Seconds    Thirds    Earnings
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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