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Stevens Departed for England Wednesday

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens departed Wednesday for England where he will captain the “Rest of the World” team for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup international jockey competition at Ascot on Saturday.

Stevens’ teammates are Japanese standout Yosunari Iwatu and Brazil’s Joao Moreira, currently topping the standings in Singapore. Rosie Napravnik is the U.S. representative on a Women’s Team which includes Hayley Turner of England and Lisa Alpress of New Zealand. Teams from England and Ireland are still to be announced.

Del Mar’s Chantal Sutherland took part in the Shergar Cup in 2012 and came out of it assessed a four-day suspension for infractions of use of whip rules in England. She received a deferment of the penalty so she could ride Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic.

Stevens, 50, returned earlier this year after a seven-year retirement and made a world-wide impression winning the Preakness Stakes aboard Oxbow for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Stevens ranks fifth in victories for the Del Mar meeting but first for winning percentage, having notched 11 wins from 35 mounts (31 percent).

Stevens is no stranger to racing in England, having spent the summer of 1999 as stable rider for Sir Michael Stoute and has experience in the Shergar Cup. “It’s an honor to be invited back, and I’m very excited about it,” Stevens was quoted in a press release.

Craig O’Bryan, Stevens’ agent, said he would return to riding at Del Mar on August 14.

UT-SD Turf Writer Hangs In Through Harrowing Experience

UT-San Diego turf writer Ed Zieralski will be off duty for a couple of days, but said he hopes to be back on the job by Friday night after going through a traumatic car crash experience Tuesday night.

Contacted by phone Wednesday morning, Zieralski said that he was returning to his Ramona area home on Highway 67 around 8:30 in his late-model truck when he and other cars in a two-lane northbound area came upon downed power lines from a recent accident involving a car going in the opposite direction.

Zieralski’s vehicle became entangled in the lines and flipped on its side with Zieralski dangling from his seat belt and bracing himself with his right arm to keep from falling to the floor. He remained in that position for 90 minutes as first responders first dealt with the live power lines and then extricated him from the vehicle after breaking out the windshield.

“It was a Grade I stake of car accidents, the Pacific Classic,” Zieralski said. “NASCAR meets Steven King.”

Zieralski was taken to a hospital and released and by Wednesday morning reported he was “body sore” and taking medication but not seriously injured.




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