Stevens, Following Hip Replacement, Cleared To Start Back Riding In March

by | 02.11.2017 | 2:34pm
Gary Stevens

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Gary Stevens has been cleared to resume his riding career next month after undergoing surgery for replacement of his right hip on Dec. 21.

“The doctor is very happy; I don't have to see him again for a year,” the 53-year-old Hall of Fame jockey said Saturday morning at Clockers' Corner. “He released me to start getting on horses the first of March and I'll start riding races early March.”

Understandably, Stevens was happy Santa Anita renamed the Vanity Mile the Beholder Mile in honor of the four-time champion he rode to a memorable nose victory over Songbird in the Breeders' Cup Distaff Nov. 4, the final race in the storied career of the great mare.

“She deserves it,” he said.

The Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile will be run on June 3.

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