Gary Stevens

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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Hunt, Sharp Samurai Headline Field Of 13 In Sunday’s Del Mar Mile

Irish-bred Hunt and Kentucky-bred Sharp Samurai, grass champions from the 2017 Del Mar season, head an outstanding field of 13 Thoroughbreds scheduled to compete Sunday in the Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile. Hunt, victor in the Eddie Read Stakes and Del Mar Handicap last summer to clinch older grass horse honors, will have Flavien Prat in […]

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Stevens Guides Paved To Dominating Honeymoon Victory

At age 55, he can still find the money. Hall of Fame great Gary Stevens did just that as he took trainer Michael McCarthy’s classy Paved off the early pace and rallied to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes by 3 ½ lengths.  Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Paved got a mile […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Created; To Tackle Major Industry Challenges

The Thoroughbred industry is facing serious problems, bordering on a crisis. According to the Jockey Club, the North American foal crop is projected to be 21,500 in 2018 compared to 35,274 (-39 percent) in 2008. North American handle was $11.5 billion last year compared to $14.3 billion (-19 percent) in 2008. A 2011 McKinsey study […]

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Hall Of Famer Gary Stevens Returning To Santa Anita

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will begin riding at Santa Anita on Thursday, May 17, after enjoying a successful winter campaign at Oaklawn Park where he won 25 races and accumulated purse earnings of more than $1.7 million. Stevens, still going strong at the age of 55, has won the Kentucky Derby three times […]

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Sassy Sienna Gives Cox Another Oaks Contender With Fantasy Victory

The bridesmaid became the bride Friday when Medallion Racing and Jerry McClanahan’s Sassy Sienna got up late to win the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) after a second and third in the earlier prep races this season at Oaklawn. “She’s a tough filly,” trainer Brad Cox said. “She’s shown us a lot from the get go. On to […]

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