Hall of Famer Gary Stevens to join FOX Sports as Analyst

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Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens before a scheduled mount on Mucho Macho Man. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will join the FOX Sports/NYRA Live shows as a racing analyst, making his debut on FOX Sports Saturday At The Races this spring.

Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1997, Stevens registered 5,187 wins and totaled purse earnings of more than $258 million in a career that started in 1979 and concluded with his retirement in 2018. The 55-year-old won nine Triple Crown races and 11 Breeders’ Cup races in his illustrious career.

Stevens joins as the 25th Hall of Famer in their respective sport working on-air on FOX Sports.  The esteemed list includes recent Hall of Fame inductees Tony Gonzalez (NFL) and Jeff Gordon (NASCAR) as well as Terry Bradshaw (NFL), Howie Long (NFL), Michael Strahan (NFL), Alexi Lalas (Soccer), and John Smoltz (MLB) among several others on FOX Sports’ airwaves.

Outside of competition, Stevens has enjoyed success as an actor and television analyst, portraying Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf in the film “Seabiscuit,” starring in the HBO series “Luck” and providing racing analysis for various TV networks, including NBC.

Stevens (Eclipse Sportswire)

“I’m lucky to be able to transition to the next phase of my career with the powerhouse team that FOX Sports and NYRA have assembled,” Stevens said. “There are few things more important to the future of our sport than bringing the best quality TV coverage to America’s biggest races, and that is just what we will be doing with these shows. I’d like to thank FOX Sports for their commitment to the sport of horse racing, and to NYRA for doing the most in-depth, innovative coverage available today.”

In addition to Stevens, FOX Sports and NYRA announced that veteran host Laffit Pincay III and handicapper Jonathon Kinchen will join a broadcast team that includes host Greg Wolf, handicapper and racing analyst Andy Serling, paddock analyst Maggie Wolfendale, trainer Tom Amoss, and handicapper and former Major League Baseball All-Star Paul Lo Duca.

Larry Collmus, NYRA announcer and voice of the Triple Crown, will provide live race calls throughout the year.

FOX Sports and NYRA recently announced the most expansive television programming deal in horse racing history that will make FOX Sports the year-round national television home for NYRA racing from Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park.

The new broadcast team will also be featured on FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, which was launched in 2018 and expanded in 2019 to a 12-show schedule over February, March, and April providing nationwide coverage and analysis of major stakes races and key Triple Crown preps.

FOX Sports Saturday At The Races debuted for 2019 on Feb. 2 with live coverage of the Grade 3 Withers from Aqueduct Racetrack, the Grade 2 Holy Bull from Gulfstream Park and the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis from Santa Anita Park.

“No rider has ever brought more skill or competitive fire to the racetrack than Gary Stevens,” said Michael Mulvihill Executive Vice President of League Operations, Research and Strategy for FOX Sports. “His Hall of Fame resume of nine wins in the Triple Crown and eleven in the Breeders’ Cup speaks for itself. Gary’s expertise, personality and passion for winning make him an ideal fit for NYRA and for FOX Sports.”

In 2019, FOX Sports is scheduled to televise 500 hours of NYRA racing, including coverage of nearly every race day at Belmont and Saratoga. The broadcast schedule will then expand to over 600 hours annually in 2020. This agreement builds upon the prior deal between NYRA and FOX Sports that resulted in more than 100 hours of NYRA coverage on FS2 in 2018.

“FOX Sports has assembled a broadcast team without equal in horse racing,” said Tony Allevato, president of NYRA Bets and executive producer for NYRA TV. “Collectively, their knowledge of all aspects of the sport will provide our national audience with the best handicapping, analysis and insights available anywhere. We welcome Gary, Laffit and Jonathon and look forward to breaking new ground in 2019.”

The 2019 NYRA shows on FOX Sports will be presented by America’s Best Racing, Runhappy, and Claiborne Farm.

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