Will Rock Hard Ten qualify in graded earnings for the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and who will ride him if he does? Trainer Jason Orman doesn't know, but he plans to ship the third-place finisher in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) to Kentucky in hopes that he'll run.
Jockey Gary Stevens' immense talent was much in evidence Saturday night in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) over the 12-furlong turf track at Nad Al Sheba, when the Americam maestro guided Polish Summer to a convincing victory.
As a hazy, early morning sun gazed down on Nad Al Sheba racecourse Wednesday, it was hard to believe that just a few miles away the U.S. consulate in Dubai had been closed due to a terror alert.
Lacking experience and making his first stakes start, Rock Hard Ten faces a daunting task running in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 3.
Kentucky Derby hopeful Rock Hard Ten worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:24 2/5 at Santa Anita on Saturday morning in preparation for a start in either the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) or the April 10 Arkansas Derby (gr. II).
Jockey Gary Stevens leaves Sunday for Dubai, where he rides Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Domestic Dispute for Paddy Gallagher in the $6 million World Cup (UAE-I) on March 27.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's California homebred Silent Sighs, facing open company for the first time, held on gamely over a surging Halfbridled to win the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) Saturday.
Red Oak Stable's resilient Sweet Return once again found a way to get the job done, winning Saturday's $350,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita from the extreme outside 14 post position.
Rock Hard Ten stamped himself as a prime candidate for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 3, rolling to a sharp 1-¾ length victory over Teton Forest in a $53,872 allowance event for 3-year-olds Wednesday at Santa Anita Park.
Fun House, who has made a habit of collecting minor chunks during a consistent 22-race career, put it all together Saturday for her first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.
The 33rd annual Eclipse Awards will air this Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.
Our New Recruit will make his first new start in two months when takes the gate for Sunday's $150,000 Palo Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita, but trainer John Sadler said the long delay was by design.
Seven weeks after stealing the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT), Red Oak Stable's Sweet Return employed similar front-running tactics in Monday's $150,000 San Marcos (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita with the same result: a gate-to-wire victory.
Glick, an 8-year-old bay horse running for a $62,500 claiming price Monday, broke the Santa Anita record for the about 6 1/2-furlong hillside turf course, covering the course in 1:11.26 while winning by 2 1/2 lengths.
Excess Summer, gearing up for a start in Saturday's $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic, worked six furlongs in 1:12 over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens in the saddle.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has announced that Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will host the 33rd Eclipse Awards program, to be held Jan. 26 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Fla. Stevens made his acting debut as George Woolf in last year's critically acclaimed movie Seabiscuit.
Richard Englander's Boston Common passed his Jeff Mullins-trained stablemate – 7-5 favorite King Robyn – in the stretch and went on to defeat the furiously closing Summer Service by a neck in Thursday's $107,600 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita.
Except for designated races during the first eight days this meet, Patrick Valenzuela won't ride regularly until the 14th day of the 84-day Santa Anita meeting.
Jockey Gary Stevens made a successful return from a seven-week hiatus Saturday, guiding Excess Summer to a 3 1/2-length win in the 20th running of the $107,900 On Trust Handicap for California breds at Hollywood Park.
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.
Grade 1 winner Buddy Gil worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:12 2/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens aboard. The move was the best of 14 who went the distance on the day.
Former jockey Corey Black wears several hats these days. He's a high-profile and well-liked racing expert on TVG. He leads the Seabiscuit backstretch tours several days a week at Santa Anita. And he's the work rider for the sometimes-troubled John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Storming Home.
Merv Griffin, Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron will appear on "Larry King Live˜ Saturday at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on CNN to discuss horseracing and the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Jockey agent Ray Kravagna, who booked mounts for four Hall of Fame jockeys during his career of 43 years since he was discharged from the Army in 1960, has decided to retire.
Maktoum al Maktoum's odds-on favorite Storming Home, ridden by Gary Stevens, caught a determined Johar in deep stretch and went on to a half-length victory in Sunday's $245,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (gr. IT) on opening day of the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita.
Willmott Stables Inc.'s Aud, a 15-1shot, rallied between horses mid-stretch and drew off to a 1 3/4-length win in the $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Saturday at Arlington Park.
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.
Gary Stevens hasn't ridden at Arlington Park since he was injured at the finish of the Aug. 17 Arlington Million (gr. IT). He is scheduled to return to Chicago Saturday to ride Hoh Buzzard in Saturday's grade III Pucker Up Stakes.
Excess Summer and jockey Julie Krone spoiled the return to competition of Gary Stevens Friday, less than three weeks after he was injured in a spectacular spill in the Arlington Million (g. IT), breezing to an easy triumph in the featured $92,825 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds.
- By Ron Mitchell
"Seabiscuit," the movie based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, went over the $100-million revenue mark over the Labor Day weekend.
Jockey Gary Stevens worked a horse at Del Mar Thursday morning for the first time since being injured in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 16. He was astride Fun House for trainer Ron McAnally in a 1:14 2/5 six-furlong drill.
Jockey Gary Stevens, injured in a fall at the finish of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 16, may try to get back up on horses Thursday at Del Mar and hopes to be back to riding next week, according to his agent, Craig O'Bryan.
Candy Ride, the undefeated Argentine colt ridden by Julie Krone, turned in a sizzling performance while romping to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I), setting a track record Sunday at Del Mar.
Gary Stevens' voice was weak in a teleconference held Wednesday, but his words were strong. He plans on returning to the saddle after he recovers from injuries suffered Saturday when he was thrown from Storming Home.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was released from Northwest Community Hospital this morning in good condition around 10:30 a.m., according to a release from Arlington Park.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has agreed to replace the injured Gary Stevens in a match race against Julie Krone scheduled for Sunday, September 7. Billed as the Battle of the Sexes Match Race, the event will pit the pair in a two-turn race on equally matched horses.
- By Steve Haskin
Gary Stevens, who miraculously escaped serious injury after being thrown by Storming Home a stride from the wire in the Arlington Million, has asked "Seabiscuit" author, Laura Hillenbrand, to update his condition to clear up some inaccuracies and let everyone know how he's doing.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens suffered a collapsed lung but no broken bones in Saturday's fall, when he was run over by a trailing horse after the finish of the Arlington Million (gr. IT), according to Steven's theatrical agent.
In the most controversial Arlington Million (gr. IT) ever, stewards awarded victory to Godolphin Racing's Sulamani after determining that winner Storming Home interfered at the finish with two horses behind him when he spooked badly just before the wire and unseated his rider, Gary Stevens.
Candy Ride left no doubt about his readiness Thursday morning as he zipped a mile in 1:35 2/5 over a fast Del Mar main track in his most serious workout in preparation for the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 24.
Standing on the threshold of racing's Hall of Fame, jockey Mike Smith is still waiting for the fact to sink in. He knows that on Monday, when his moment of induction comes, he will be stunned. He just hopes he'll be able to speak.
It's been a long wait for trainer Ben Cecil, but he's oozing confidence over the upcoming 2003 debut of his Eclipse-winning race mare Golden Apples. She begins her 5-year-old season Saturday at Del Mar in the grade I, $400,000 John C. Mabee Handicap.
- By Steve Haskin
Laura Hillenbrand, whose blockbuster bestseller, "Seabiscuit," opens in theaters Friday, attended a White House screening Monday night, hosted by the President and First Lady. Also present were many of the film's stars and producers, including jockey Gary Stevens and Steven Spielberg.
Trainer Ben Cecil reported that Gary Tanaka's champion Golden Apples is set to make her 2003 debut in Saturday's John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) at Del Mar. The Irish-bred daughter of Pivotal received a 122-pound impost for Saturday's 1 1/8-mile turf event, one less than high weight and likely favorite Tates Creek.
This Saturday fans will start lining up to see Seabiscuit--there are special charity screenings almost every day between July 19 and the July 25 official opening of the film--but many film critics have already seen the 140 minute production.
Richard Englander's undefeated Just Too Too will be looking for graded stakes company after her easy front-running victory in the $112,300 Flawlessly for 3-year-old fillies on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday, her fifth straight victory.
Jenny and Sidney Craig's Candy Ride took a major step toward the head of the Southern California handicap division with an impressive victory in Friday's $150,000 American Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf at Hollywood Park.
Unbeaten Just Too Too, a California-bred daughter of In Excess, will seek her first stakes win while attempting to extend her victory streak to five on Sunday in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.
Edward P. Evans' Summer Colony, the only horse to beat Azeri, asserted her superiority through the stretch and drew off to win Saturday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Monmouth Park by three lengths.
Unbeaten Argentine champion Candy Ride turned in another sensational work at Hollywood Park Friday that left Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally and exercise rider Paddy Daulton groping for superlatives.
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