Gary Stevens

‘Everything Happens For A Reason’: Stevens Steps Into Agent Role For Home-Again Aaron Gryder

Thomas Wolfe wrote the novel “You Can’t Go Home Again,” but Aaron Gryder, erudite though he may be, dismisses the gist of that title, because he is going home again. The 48-year-old jockey, born in West Covina, several furlongs from Santa Anita, returns to The Great Race Place to ride regularly at the Winter Meet […]

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Retiring Hall Of Famer Stevens ‘Goes Out As One Of The Greatest Ever’

Jockey Gary Stevens received, and gave, heartfelt thanks for his Hall of Fame career in ceremonies marking his retirement Saturday at Del Mar. The 55-year-old native of Idaho, who ranks third for stakes wins and ninth for overall wins on the track’s all-time list, was honored before the fourth race. Dressed in a sport coat, […]

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‘Outstanding Race Rider’: Retired Hall Of Famer Gary Stevens Honored At Del Mar

A few minutes before the fourth race on Saturday’s program, Del Mar will honor Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. On Tuesday, Stevens, 55, announced the end of a nearly 40-year career after an MRI exam on Monday showed a vertebra pressing upon his spinal cord, making continued riding too much of a risk regarding […]

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‘Thankful’ Stevens To Be Honored Saturday At Del Mar Following Sudden Retirement

Gary Stevens, who made his mark as one of America’s top riders of all time during a 32-year Hall of Fame career, hung up his tack for good this week following a back injury he suffered during a pre-race warmup at Del Mar last Saturday. The 55-year-old native of Caldwell, Idaho, won 5,187 races between […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens Retiring Permanently Due To Back Injury

This time, jockey Gary Stevens is hanging them up for good. The Daily Racing Form‘s Jay Privman reported Tuesday that Stevens’ C4 vertebra is pressing up against his spinal cord, following a post parade incident at Del Mar on Saturday. “There won’t be any comebacks from this one,” Stevens told Privman. Stevens also said after […]

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King Of Speed Notches Second Consecutive Stakes Win In Zuma Beach

With Gary Stevens at the controls, rapidly improving King of Speed notched his second consecutive stakes win as he rallied boldly through the lane to take Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ¼ lengths over favored Much Better. Trained by Jeff Bonde, King of Speed got a mile on turf in […]

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‘Student Of The Game’: Q & A With Jockey Drayden Van Dyke

23-year-old jockey Drayden Van Dyke recently met with Santa Anita’s Zoe Cadman and Alexis Garske for observations from one of So-Cal’s brightest young stars, well on his way to becoming one of racing’s signature riders. Much has been made of the mentors who have guided you, but what have you learned on your own? “I’ve […]

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Sharp Samurai By A Nose In City Of Hope Mile

From the midway point on the far turn, it was “game on” in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile (turf) as 6-5 favorite Sharp Samurai and 2-1 second choice Fly to Mars hooked up in a classic battle that resulted in Sharp Samurai winning by a scant nose under Gary Stevens, who had […]

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Sharp Samurai On Edge For City Of Hope Mile At Santa Anita

In what could likely develop into all-out charge to the wire, Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile (turf) has attracted a field of nine 3-year-olds and up and is headed by trainer Mark Glatt’s hard knocking Sharp Samurai, who will be handled by wily veteran Hall of Famer Gary Stevens. Most recently second […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products: The Hand-Me-Down Goat

When Southern California trainer Dan Blacker shipped his stable back from Del Mar to Santa Anita Park earlier this week, horses weren’t the only four-legged animals in the van. There was also a hand-me-down pygmy goat named for a Kentucky Derby-winning trainer and formerly owned by a Hall of Fame jockey turned trainer. The goat’s […]

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