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
“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