Gary Stevens



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    Jeremy Balan‏ @BH_JBalan Thurs. March 9 2017
    Gary Stevens understandably out of breath after first ride back since hip replacement surgery, but said he physically feels great. No pain.
  • Stevens feeling good after first win following hip surgery:
  • Gary and Mike both have mounts in the Rebel tomorrow.
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    For Stevens, most everything old is new again
    Jay Hovdey Daily Racing Form ‎March ‎24, ‎2017
    Gary Stevens is on the move again. He's taking his two-year-old knee, his three-month-old hip, his truck, and his record of nearly 6,000 winners to Arkansas next week and then on to Kentucky, where the Hall of Famer will set up shop at Keeneland for the prestigious spring meet that begins April 7.
    First, though, Stevens will fly in and out of New Mexico for Sunday's Grade 3 Sunland Derby, a nine-furlong event that has drawn an all-star array of riding talent to handle 3-year-olds from some of the nation's top stables.
    The $800,000 casino-fueled purse explains the presence of not only Stevens but also Javier Castellano -- nominated this year to the Hall of Fame -- as well as Jose Ortiz, Florent Geroux, Joe Talamo, Martin Garcia, and two-time Kentucky Derby winner Mario Gutierrez.
  • Stevens To Work Royal Mo Monday; Veteran May Be Riding For 10th Santa Anita Derby Winner:
  • Hope Royal Mo does well. Perhaps Gary is what he needs. After his ride on MMM in the Classic, he knows how to ride the large horses with patience. He and Mike both seem to excel at that.
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    Gormley, Royal Mo In Good Form After Santa Anita Derby; Both Headed To Kentucky
    by Ed Golden/Santa Anita | 04.09.2017 Paulick Report
    A rolling stone may gather no moss, but a Moss hoss gathers points to the Kentucky Derby.
    That's what happened yesterday, when a pair of three-year-olds owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley and third-place finisher Royal Mo, earned 100 and 20 qualifying points, respectively, for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.
    From article:
    Gary Stevens could be sitting pretty in a bid for his fourth Kentucky Derby victory, gaining an 11th-hour mount on Royal Mo when trainer John Shirreffs called an audible less than a week before Saturday's Santa Anita Derby and decided to run the colt after he worked to his satisfaction last Monday.
    Stevens finished a very eventful third on Royal Mo in the Santa Anita Derby, beaten only a length by stablemate Gormley. Now it's on to Kentucky and the Run for the Roses on May 6.
    “It was a tremendous effort,” said Stevens, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1988 on the filly Winning Colors, in 1994 on Tabasco Cat, and in 1997 on Silver Charm.
    “I usually don't pay much attention to Trakus, but I think it said 64 feet (wide) or something, and we were going in the gate and I'm thinking, ‘My God, I'm a long ways out here.' I was right on the crest of the crown on the track, and I'm thinking if there were 14 horses they'd be standing lopsided.
    “I was just hoping I got away good and I did. If we'd have drawn down inside, I still would have had to send him, but not like I did to clear. I got over to the three path by the time we hit the (first) turn, and it takes a hell of an athlete to be able to do that.
    “He's got an unbelievable high cruising speed. We didn't come home that fast (the last eighth in 13.61) but nobody else did, either. Royal Mo reminded me a lot of Silver Charm. He's got fight. He didn't act like he was going to run by Hollendorfer's horse (Battle of Midway).
    “He seemed like he was pretty content. When Victor (Espinoza on Gormley) went by me, he knocked the whip out of my hand and I thought, ‘God, I need this thing,' but my horse re-engaged with Gormley and I thought I was going to run second.
    “Corey (Nakatani, on Battle of Midway) came out and Victor came in ever so slightly, so I got crowded pretty good the last 50 yards and it might have cost me second, and it would have been great if I finished second, because we'd automatically be in (the Kentucky Derby) now with those points (40).
    “I really like what I felt, a lot like I did with Silver Charm. I lost a battle yesterday but I might have won the war, because he put in a hell of an effort, got a lot of fitness,
    and a lot of schooling out of it.”
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    Jay Privman‏ @DRFPrivman 8 April 2017
    Gary Stevens, who finished 3rd on Royal Mo, said his whip was inadvertently knocked from his hand by Espinoza in deep stretch. #stablemates

  • Sounds like Gary didn't really need the whip. Wish he and this boy would get in the Derby. Gary does so well on these big horses.
  • tincuptincup Member
    Oh wow.
    Ok and mo,re

    Whoop whoop
  • zfanzfan CaliforniaMember
    Thank you to Gary for pulling up Royal Mo this morning when things went amiss. Praying your quick efforts will save his life. So sad ❤️
  • shirleeshirlee Member
    Blessing to Gary for taking such good care of Royal Mo. There is nothing like experience and compassion.
  • KMMKMM Member
    On no!
  • KMMKMM Member
    I feel bad for all associated; I hope that Royal Mo lands in a safe place and heals well!
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    Dude! Nice hat!
  • Seriously haha. He can really pull that off.
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    Movie star, and has the looks. Cowboy, sophisticated, too.
  • wow, Gary is seriously well put together --- he and Mike Smith could do a pin-up calendar together!
  • Not bad, Dude ....
  • KMMKMM Member
    edited July 2017
    I think that were both in one, maybe topless haha, a few years ago...calender of handsome jocks with that je ne sais quoi...
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