Gary Stevens, to ride at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

Gary Stevens, to ride at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

Associated Press

Stevens Returns to Saddle Saturday

Jockey Gary Stevens will return to action on Saturday when he pilots Cozie Advantage, trained by fellow Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, in Hollywood Park's fifth race.

The race, a one-mile optional claiming turf event for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and upward, will be the first for the 40-year-old veteran since the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Soreness after healing from fractured neck vertebrae and his commitment to promote the movie "Seabiscuit" around the world kept Stevens out of action. He played the legendary rider George Woolf in the acclaimed film.

"He'll ride a couple this weekend and a few more before the end of Hollywood," Stevens' agent, Craig O'Bryan said. "But we expect to get things really going at Santa Anita. That's our focus."

O'Bryan said that Stevens is also expected to be named to ride for Sunday's card, as well as on That's An Outrage in the Dec. 20 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) for trainer Mike Puhich.

Stevens won the Eclipse Award as the nation's top jockey in 1998 and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. He's a three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider (Winning Colors, 1988; Thunder Gulch, 1995; and Silver Charm, 1997) and has won nearly 4,800 races over a career spanning more than 25 years. His mounts have earned more than $213 million overall.