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Jockey Gary Stevens Doesn't Miss Beat


Gary Stevens looked like he didn’t miss a beat less than 24 hours after winning his first race since his retirement seven years ago.

The Hall of Fame jockey, who turns 50 on March 6, rode Branding to a 2 ½-length victory in Saturday’s first race for the Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor.

“It felt good,” Stevens said Sunday morning. “It’s been seven years since I crossed the finish line first, and it didn’t feel any different from my very first win. It was gratifying and it was for the right people and that made it even more special.”

Stevens had history on his side. He rode One Dreamer to a $96.20 upset in the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Distaff for Leonard Lavin’s Glen Hill Farm and Tom Proctor.

“I rode for Mr. Lavin and Glen Hill Farm here in 1980 when I had the ‘bug,’” Stevens recalled. “They were supporters of mine. Johnny Adams was training for Mr. Lavin then, and the Proctor family came in. I rode for Hap, Willard, obviously, and Tom.

“They’re like family to me and I think the feeling’s mutual. We have a really special bond. We’ve stayed in touch over the years. We call each other at Christmas time, holidays, so other than riding a winner first time back for my dad (Ron), this was the next-best thing.”



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Just wish he would let us in on his secret mount.
Imagine the stresses (usually shown in x-rays as osteopathic LIPPING along a joint's edge and limiting its range of motio) that USED to be overcome at the extremes of motion, NOW limited by this lipping which is pathologically part of the osteoarthritis diagnosis........Slam that joint up against that limited lipping and guess what happens to the tissues? TRACTION when you have a joint INCREASING in size within a self limited joint capsule. Traction on the nerves give the patient considerable pain...it varies a lot however since clinical signs do not directly correlate to the degree of symptoms, BUT I would want a rider NOT to be distracted by that annoying pain...Brave guy to try it but the odds are LONG aganist him.
Time marches on, joints don't but rather damage initiated early just continues over time. WE take, on average, 5000-7000 steps per day and WHEN WALKING, exert anywherer from 1 to about 3 times our body weight in force (varied by cadance, stride lenght and weight we carry) and all of those add up. Imagine what that collective force does to any already uneven, scarred and thinned superficial cartialge? Having both treated hundreds and having it myslef, I can understand why this rider's second coming is in serious jeopardy.
I would love to see Gary get a mount in another Derby!
Yes, I'm out here, thanks for the info, Peppermint.
Goblin, if you're out there. I was thinking of 3 horses Gary have in his sights: A. Tiz the Truth, who we saw run a game second. B. Poweful. I think I've heard Gary mention that he works horses for Drysdale on air, before. C. Zee Bro's, who has been putting in some serious consistant works @BHP, and has yet to make his debut.

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