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Gary L. Stevens

Gary L. Stevens
File:Gary stevens 2005 kentucky derby.jpg
Gary Stevens at the 2005 Kentucky Derby
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Caldwell, Idaho
Birth date March 6, 1963
Career wins 4888
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Breeders' Cup Turf (1990)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (1993, 1999)
Breeders' Cup Distaff (1994, 1998)
Breeders' Cup Mile (1996, 2000)
Native Diver Handicap (1996)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (1998)
Kentucky Oaks (1986, 1999)
Kentucky Derby (1988, 1995, 1997)
Preakness Stakes (1997, 2001)
Belmont Stakes (1995, 1998, 2001)
Santa Anita Derby
(1988, 1990, 1993-1995, 1998-1999, 2001, 2003)
Santa Anita Handicap (1990, 1991, 1995, 2005)
Arlington Million (1990, 1997)
Pacific Classic Stakes (1993, 1997)
Del Mar Debutante Stakes (1987, 1998, 1992, 2002)
Eddie Read Handicap (1985, 1995)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1992)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1994)
Travers Stakes (1995, 2001)
Baldwin Stakes (2003)

International race wins:

Japan Cup (1991)
Canadian International Stakes (1996, 1998)
Hardwicke Stakes (1997)
Dubai World Cup (1998)
International Stakes (1999)
Great Voltigeur Stakes (1999)
Dubai Sheema Classic (2004)
Prix Maurice de Gheest (2004)
Racing awards
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1996)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (1998)
Mike Venezia Memorial Award (1999)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1998)
Significant horses
Da Hoss, Winning Colors, Thunder Gulch, Singspiel
Silver Charm, Victory Gallop, Bertrando, Silverbulletday, Point Given, Royal Anthem
Fantastic Light, Rock Hard Ten, Serena's Song, Commentator

Gary Lynn Stevens (born March 6, 1963 in Caldwell, Idaho) is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey, television personality and sports anchor who works for both HRTV and NBC Sports as a horse racing analyst.

Although forced to wear a hip brace for nineteen months due to a degenerative disease of the hip, Perthes syndrome, at age 7, Stevens began working for his horse trainer father, Ron, as a groom at age 8. By the time he was 14, he was riding American Quarter Horses.

Stevens dropped out of high school, after an all-star wrestling season, to become a full-time jockey. He began his career in 1979 at Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, and in his first start had a winner Thoroughbred. From there he soon became a leading rider in Washington. He then moved down the coast into California, becoming part of the leading competitive jockey groups there.

In 1993, Gary Stevens became the youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in earnings.

Stevens has been in the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes three times, and twice at the Preakness Stakes. He won the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times, and he's won eight Breeders' Cup races, making him the fourth-leading money winner in Breeders' Cup history so far. His mounts have collected over $221 million with 4,888 winners.



Gary Stevens won numerous awards and prizes in the horse racing industry including the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1996 that honors a rider whose career and personal conduct exemplifies the very best example of participants in the sport of Thoroughbred racing. He had some acting ability and was chosen to play George Monroe Woolf (1910-1946) in the 2003 movie Seabiscuit where he met his wife, Angie. In 1999, he was voted the Mike Venezia Memorial Award for "extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship".

In 1997, Stevens entered the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 1998, he was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in the United States.

The Perfect Ride

In 2002, Gary wrote a book about his life called The Perfect Ride. Hall of Fame sportscaster Jack Whitaker had this to say about Stevens' book: "A Perfect Ride is a great read, not only for horse racing fans, but for anyone interested in how the American dream really works."


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Gary Stevens at his retirement with his wife, Angie.

On November 27, 2005, Stevens announced his retirement. That day at Churchill Downs, he finished second aboard a 4-year-old mare named Louve Royale in his final race as a jockey. [1] A week after his favorite horse, Rock Hard Ten, called it quits due to a foot injury, the jockey of 27 years started working in January 2006 as a racing analyst with TVG. Also that month he joined NBC Sports as its lead horse racing analyst. James Risch, Governor of Idaho, proclaimed the week of July 10th, 2006, to be Gary Stevens Week [2]. In March 2007, Stevens became the jockey agent for Corey Nakatani. Gary started a new job as a racing commentator for HRTV on January 1, 2008. On June 1, 2009, Stevens began Gary Stevens Racing Stable Inc. where Stevens will train horses with the assistance of his son, T.C. Stevens. Stevens' horses will be stabled at Santa Anita and shipped to various races throughout the country. [3]

Gary Stevens stated in an interview with Charlie Rose that he doesn't think there will be another Triple Crown winner because of the tendency for owners to put fresh horses in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.[4]

In Seabiscuit (film) he played jockey George Woolf.


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