Photo: Don August
To the delight of racing enthusiasts, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens announced his comeback in
January of 2013. One of the most-well known jockeys in the sport of horse
racing, the Idaho native had not competed in a race since 2005 and although he
was now nearly 50 years old, he would return to the saddle. It did not take
long for him to prove that he had made a brilliant decision, as Stevens has won
some of the nation’s most important races – including the Preakness Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and Breeders’ Cup Classic
– during his first year back in the saddle.
Stevens’ comeback has been dubbed one of the greatest in the history of sports.
But Stevens’ greatness extends beyond his talent and success on the back of
racehorses. Stevens is a kind-hearted man whose generosity is as remarkable as
This kindness has been reflected in Stevens’ breathtaking donation of $5,000 to Remember Me Rescue, a non-profit, Texas-based
rescue and retraining center for off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Since being
founded by Dallas and Donna Keen in 2008, the program has placed more than 350
retired racehorses in new homes. All along the way, Remember Me Rescue has been
supported by Stevens.
“Gary Stevens’ comeback has been amazing,” Donna Keen said. “I am very proud to
know Gary and to call him and his wife Angie my friends. He has been a
supporter of RMR since we began and he truly believes he owes the horses.”
Stevens’ generous donation will aid Remember Me Rescue in its fundraising for a cold saltwater spa, which will help
the rescue in assisting injured horses. The contribution from the Hall of Fame
jockey will be added to funds raised by Remember Me’s upcoming 2014
fundraisers: the second annual Remember Me Rescue Celebrity Fundraiser and OTTB
Training Challenge and All-Thoroughbred Horse Show.
“Many career ending injuries in racehorses take many months to heal,” Keen
stated. “We believe that, if we can shorten the rehabilitation time of soft
tissue injuries with the installation of a cold saltwater spa, we can begin the
retraining process sooner and place horses with new families faster, therefore
opening up stalls at RMR for more horses.”
What Gary Stevens has done for Remember Me Rescue is an act that Keen hopes
other industry leaders will follow, helping the horses that make the sport.
“Most famous horses end up in good places, but Gary recognizes that it is the
horses that no one remembers that win the overwhelming majority of races that
need help the most,” Keen said. “I hope his generosity will inspire other
blessed people in our industry to support their local Thoroughbred placement