Gary L. Stevens
Horseracing personalities infobox
name = Gary L. Stevens
Caldwell, Idaho, United States
birth date = March 6, 1963
death date =
career wins = 4888
Breeders' Cup Turf(1990) Breeders' Cup Juvenile(1993, 1999) Breeders' Cup Distaff(1994, 1998)
Breeders' Cup Mile (1996, 2000)
Native Diver Handicap(1996) Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies(1998) Kentucky Oaks(1986, 1999) Kentucky Derby(1988, 1995, 1997) Preakness Stakes(1997, 2001) Belmont Stakes(1995, 1998, 2001) Santa Anita Derby
(1988, 1990, 1993-1995, 1998-1999, 2001, 2003)
Santa Anita Handicap(1990, 1991, 1995, 2005) Arlington Million(1990, 1997) Pacific Classic Stakes(1993, 1997) Del Mar Debutante Stakes(1987, 1998, 1992, 2002) Eddie Read Handicap(1985, 1995) Jockey Club Gold Cup(1992) Wood Memorial Stakes(1994) Travers Stakes(1995, 2001) Baldwin Stakes(2003)
International race wins:
Japan Cup(1991) Canadian International Stakes(1996, 1998) Hardwicke Stakes(1997) Dubai World Cup(1998) International Stakes(1999) Great Voltigeur Stakes(1999) Dubai Sheema Classic(2004) Prix Maurice de Gheest(2004)
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award(1996) Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey(1998) Mike Venezia Memorial Award(1999)
honours = United States Racing Hall of Fame (1998)
Da Hoss, Winning Colors, Thunder Gulch, Singspiel Silver Charm, Victory Gallop, Bertrando, Silverbulletday, Point Given, Royal Anthem Fantastic Light, Rock Hard Ten, Serena's Song, Commentator
updated = March 23, 2007
Gary Lynn Stevens (born
March 6, 1963in Caldwell, Idaho) is an American thoroughbred horse racing jockey.
Although forced to wear a hip brace for nineteen months due to a degenerative disease of the hip,
Perthes syndrome, at age 7, Stevens began working for his horse trainer father, Ron, as a groom at age 8. By the time he was 14, he was riding American Quarter Horses.
Stevens dropped out of high school, after an all-star wrestling season, to become a full-time jockey. He began his career in 1979 at Les Bois Park in
Boise, Idaho, and in his first start had a winner thoroughbred. From there he soon became a leading rider in Washington. He then moved down the coast into California, becoming part of the leading competitive jockey groups there.
In 1993, Gary Stevens became the youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in earnings.
Stevens has been in the winner's circle at the
Kentucky Derbyand the Belmont Stakesthree times, and twice at the Preakness Stakes. He won the Santa Anita Derbya record nine times, and he's won eight Breeders' Cupraces, making him the fourth-leading money winner in Breeders' Cup history so far. His mounts have collected over $221 million with 4,888 winners.
Gary Stevens won numerous awards and prizes in the horse racing industry including the prestigious
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Awardin 1996 that honors a rider whose career and personal conduct exemplifies the very best example of participants in the sport of thoroughbred racing. He had some acting ability and was chosen to play Woolf (1910-1946) in the 2003 movie "Seabiscuit" where he met his wife, Angie. In 1999, he was voted the Mike Venezia Memorial Awardfor "extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship".
In 1997, Stevens entered the
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 1998, he was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockeyin the United States.
The Perfect Ride
In 2002, Gary wrote a book about his life called "The Perfect Ride". Hall of Fame sportscaster Jack Whitaker had this to say about Stevens' book: "A Perfect Ride is a great read, not only for horse racing fans, but for anyone interested in how the American dream really works."
November 27, 2005, 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. [ [http://newsfromrussia.com/sport/2005/11/27/68573.html Gary Stevens finished second in last race - Pravda.Ru ] ] A week after his favorite horse, Rock Hard Ten, called it quits due to a foot injury, the jockeyof 27 years started working in January 2006 as a racing analyst with TVG. James Risch, Governor of Idaho, proclaimed the week of July 10th, 2006, to be Gary Stevens Week [ [http://gov.idaho.gov/mediacenter/proc/proc06/procjuly/proc_garystevens.html Governor James E. Risch - The State of Idaho Proclamation Gary Stevens Week ] ] . In March 2007, Stevens became the jockey agent for Corey Nakatani. Gary started a new job as a racing commentator for HRTV on January 1, 2008. [cite news | last = Gantz | first = Tracy | coauthors = | title = Nakatani Says Stevens to Become His Agent
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* [http://www.garystevens.com/ Gary Stevens official website]
* [http://www.racingmuseum.org/hall/jockey.asp?ID=224 Profile at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.ntra.com/stats_bios.aspx?id=1796 NTRA bio]
*imdb name|id=1230841|name=Gary Stevens
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