Stevens To End Retirement on Wednesday

Stevens To End Retirement on Wednesday
Photo: Associated Press/ Doug Mills
Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm, center, edges ahead of Captain Bodgit, left and Free House near the finish line to win the 122nd running of the Preakness May 17, 1997 at Pimlico. Stevens will end his nine-month retirement on Wednesday.
Gary Stevens returns to the saddle Wednesday, when he is named to ride four mounts on opening day of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet. The 37-year-old retired after riding mounts on Dec. 26, opening day of the last meet at Santa Anita, due to degenerative arthritis in his right knee.

"I'm very excited," said Stevens. "I feel great and I'm looking forward to it.

"I've got a couple of horses that are pointing towards the Breeders' Cup. To be away for ten months and have the opportunities that I'm getting right now feels pretty good," the Hall of Fame jockey continued. "We'll just see what happens over the next month or so."

Stevens has flirted with returning to riding before. Prior to the Del Mar meet, his long-time agent Harry Hasek was listed in the first condition book for the meet as the rider's Del Mar contact, leading to speculation he would end his retirement. Hasek said at the time, "There's nothing in cement. Gary's got to put some things in order before he returns. I wish I could say more but he's the boss and doesn't want to talk about it just yet."

Stevens has mounts in Wednesday's second, fourth, fifth, and sixth races.

Most Popular Stories