Monday, November 4, 2013

Another Perfect Ride for Jockey Gary Stevens

Jockey Gary Stevens never won the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, until Saturday.

 (AP Photo)

He guided Mucho Macho Man over Will Take Charge in a photo finish decided by a nose. 
"I didn't know the photo was as close as it was," said Stevens, who was 0-for-14 in the Classic.
Stevens capped his comeback at 50 in stellar fashion, surviving a photo finish in the Classic after winning the $2 million Distaff with Beholder on Friday for a sweep of the biggest races at the two-day world championships at Santa Anita.

In 1993, Gary Stevens became the youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in earnings.  Stevens has won each of the Triple Crown races three times.  He won the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times, and now he's won ten Breeders' Cup. At the time of his 2005 retirement, his mounts had collected over $221 million with 4,888 winners in the USA and over 5000 wins when including overseas victories. Coming back in 2013, he won the Preakness Stakes on Oxbow and added additional wins to his lifetime total, including an international victory in the Shergar Cup at Ascot.  You can read about his comeback, from a HCC blog post in May:

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. I think the book needs an update.....

I would imagine that Mr. Stevens is in huge demand these days. Who says some don't getter with age?  Way to go Gary!  Another perfect ride!

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