Arcadia, CA- Hall of Fame jockey and 10 time Breeders Cup winner Gary Stevens will be riding the Breeders’ Cup World Championships exactly 14 weeks to the day after under going Total Knee Replacement surgery on July 25, 2014. Stevens will be aboard Sivoliere in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday, October 31. He will be reuniting with owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown.
Stevens and Martin Schwartz famously won the Beverly D at Arlington Park in 2004 aboard Angara. It was Gary’s first mount back at Arlington after his near career ending fall there in the 2003 Arlington Million. “I feel like we got the band back together. I couldn’t be more excited”, said Schwartz after speaking with Stevens about riding the race. Gary rode his last race in July for Brown, before announcing he was taking some time off to get his right knee replaced. “It was something that I knew I would need to do eventually. I just put it off until I had to deal with it,” Stevens stated. “I always hoped I would be able to ride in the Breeders Cup this year, but I knew that I wasn’t going to do it unless I was 110%. I’m so grateful to have owners and trainers that believe in me.”
Stevens won the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year on Mucho Macho Man. He won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Beholder. Neither horse is running in this year’s races. “Nothing can top the Breeders’ Cup I had last year. But being able to go out there and ride at the highest level, for great people only 3 months after having a new knee put in, well it’s right up there.”
The Breeders Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on October 31 and November 1, 2014.
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