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Blog - RACING

by Gary Stevens, Hall of Fame Jockey. 

Here we are already midway through the Saratoga Race Course and Del Mar meetings, and things have been very exciting on more than the racing fronts. As always there are plenty of events and happenings going on after racing concludes.

There is never a shortage of fundraisers and charity events. At Del Mar there have been events to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund as well as the California Equine Retirement Foundation. Up in Saratoga, there are always plenty of the same type of events to benefit the PDJF as well as many retired racehorse foundations.

Del Mar has been fun as usual, but it is time for me to shift full attention to Saratoga as I will be there next week for the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and NBC Sports Network coverage of weekends at Saratoga starting on August 11. The racing on both coasts has been top class, as always, and it doesn't figure to slow down with the Travers Stakes, Whiney Handicap, and Woodward Stakes, just to name a few, at Saratoga.

 Saratoga Racing

Summer Racing at Saratoga

In Del Mar, I will be looking forward to the Pacific Classic Stakes, Del Mar Debutante and the Futurity to name a few.

The crowds at both tracks have been exceptional and the trend we saw through the Triple Crown with a major upswing looks to be continuing towards our fall Breeders Cup World

Championships. We have already witnessed some awesome performances on both coasts by our stars of the future, the 2-year-olds.It will be exciting to see which ones will continue to develop and find their niche.

I am looking forward to my travels over the next several months, and the excitement of the second half of the year.

Del Mar: Pacific

2011 Pacific Classic at Del Mar

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Gary Stevens

After a seven-year retirement, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens made the decision to return to the saddle in 2013. The season turned into a perfect Hollywood story when he annexed three of the biggest races of the year by winning the Preakness on Oxbow, the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Beholder, and the Breeders' Cup Classic on Mucho Macho Man in addition to 14 other graded stakes races. Stevens was a finalist for the 2013 Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey. According to Stevens, his return isn't a short-term deal as he will be riding again in 2014.

In addition to regaining his elite form as a jockey, Stevens also is an on-air racing analyst for HRTV and NBC and an accomplished actor who starred in Seabiscuit and the HBO series "Luck".

 

Image Description

Gary Stevens

After a seven-year retirement, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens made the decision to return to the saddle in 2013. The season turned into a perfect Hollywood story when he annexed three of the biggest races of the year by winning the Preakness on Oxbow, the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Beholder, and the Breeders' Cup Classic on Mucho Macho Man in addition to 14 other graded stakes races. Stevens was a finalist for the 2013 Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey. According to Stevens, his return isn't a short-term deal as he will be riding again in 2014.

In addition to regaining his elite form as a jockey, Stevens also is an on-air racing analyst for HRTV and NBC and an accomplished actor who starred in Seabiscuit and the HBO series "Luck".

 

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