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GARY STEVENS TO T0SS FIRST DODGER PITCH WEDNESDAY, RIDING GREAT WON RECORD NINE SANTA ANITA DERBIES
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2012)—Retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, a winner of a record nine Santa Anita Derbies, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday in advance of the Dodgers’ Freeway Series finale with the Angels, which starts at 12:10 p.m.
Stevens will also be an honored guest at Santa Anita Wednesday morning, as he’ll be among a large group of racing luminaries on hand for the Santa Anita Derby Draw Breakfast in the track’s FrontRunner Restaurant, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Draw Breakfast will be emceed by top rated radio personality Tim Conway Jr.
“This is really awesome,” said Stevens. “I’m a big Dodger fan and I’m really honored by this. I’m going to bring my wife (Angie) and my little girl (Maddie) and we’re going to take a lot of pictures. It should be a great day!”
Stevens who is currently working as a racing analyst with HRTV and NBC, won his first Santa Anita Derby in 1988 with the brilliant filly Winning Colors. Owned by Eugene Klein and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Winning Colors went on to win the Kentucky Derby as well, the first of three Run for the Roses triumphs for the native of Caldwell, Idaho.
His other Santa Anita Derby wins came with Mister Frisky (1990), Personal Hope (1993), Brocco (1994), Larry The Legend (1995), Indian Charlie (1998), General Challenge (1999), Point Given (2001) and Buddy Gil (2003).
Stevens won racing’s Eclipse Award as Champion Jockey in 1998 and in what he often refers to as his most cherished accomplishment, he was selected by jockeys nationwide as the winner of the 1996 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
In addition to Winning Colors in 1988, Stevens won the Kentucky Derby in 1995 with Thunder Gulch and in 1997 with Silver Charm.
Along with his Kentucky Derby victories, he also had five other Triple Crowns wins, two in the Preakness and three in the Belmont.
A winner of 4,888 career races, Stevens was a four-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap and he amassed eight Breeders’ Cup wins as well.
Stevens, 49, was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1997 and he retired on Nov. 27, 2005.