Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who undergoes surgery for replacement of his left hip Wednesday at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, made the rounds at Clockers' Corner Tuesday, lending a watchful eye on seven-pound apprentice rider Ruben Fuentes as he worked a horse for Ron McAnally.
Fuentes, who has been riding at Turf Paradise, is represented by Mike Ciani, who also handles business for Stevens.
Stevens took it upon himself to squelch a “vicious rumor that I'm going to retire,” stating unequivocally, “I have not retired.”
Ciani is encouraged with what Fuentes has shown so far. “I like what I see,” he said.
“He's won 20 races and he'll be riding here this meet. He tacks 110 pounds and he's ridden in New Mexico and at Turf Paradise.”
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