Stevens Won't Ride at Woodbine Sunday

Stevens Won't Ride at Woodbine Sunday
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Gary Stevens, will not ride at Woodbine Sunday.
(from Woodbine report)
Gary Stevens, Hall of Fame jockey and star of the hit movie 'Seabiscuit,' will not be aboard Numerous Times for the Atto Mile (Can-I) Sunday at Woodbine.

Stevens, who recently returned to competition after being injured in the Arlington Million Aug. 16 was also scheduled to ride Hold to Ransom in the Canadian Stakes (Can-II) and Grand Heritage in the Summer Stakes (Can-II), complement features to the Atto Mile on Sunday.

"Gary couldn't do the weight for Hold to Ransom and in regard to the other horses, he felt the long plane flight would aggravate his disc (in his back) and he felt he needed more time to rest," said Nelson Ham, a steward for the Ontario Racing Commission.

Hold to Ransom was assigned 111 pounds for the Canadian, a weight which Stevens, who usually rides at 116 pounds, cannot accommodate.

Trainer Sid Attard is expected to name a rider for Numerous Times on Saturday. Conditioner Edward Dunlop has named Emile Ramsammy to replace Stevens on Hold to Ransom. Trainer Bill Mott has yet to name a replacement for Grand Heritage.

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