Three months ago, jockey Gary Stevens underwent a knee-replacement operation, and now the Hall of Famer wants to race in the Breeders’ Cup this weekend. Price per head agents were very excited when they learned about this, as they definitely want to see him in the big race.
Fans all over the world remember very well when last year, the jockey rode Mucho Macho Man – a huge favorite in the competition – to a win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic – worth $5-million – and with Beholder he was able to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff race. Unfortunately for many, neither one of these horses will feature this year in the Breeders’ Cup.
Now Stevens, who is 51-years-old, is set to ride Sivoliere on the 31st of October in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, in the race that will take place in Arcadia, at Santa Anita Park.
Chad Brown is Sivoliere’s trainer, and the last time that Stevens rode for Brown was in July, prior to the operation that left many fans very concerned.
“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%,” Stevens said. “I’m so grateful to have owners and trainers that believe in me.
And Stevens’ fans never lost hope that he would make a completely recovery and get back on track.
“Nothing can top the Breeders’ Cup I had last year,” Stevens said. “But being able to go out there and ride at the highest level for great people only three months after having a new knee put in, well, it’s right up there.”
In his career, Stevens was able to win 4,988 times, according to Equibase, a research firm. Local bookies know that he’s very famous as a TV horse-racing analyst when he’s not on the saddle, and many fans remember when he showed up in the 2003 film “Seabiscuit,” playing the role of George Woolf, another jockey who’s in the Hall of Fame.
The races in the Breeders’ Cup will take place on the 31st of October and 1st of November at Santa Anita, and are eagerly anticipated by fans and price per head agents all over the world.
Horse racing services fans everywhere are can definitely feel the excitement in the air and are holding their breaths as they count the days for the Breeders’ Cup to get underway.