Stevens, who last year became the oldest rider to win the Preakness
Stakes (G1), has informed Pimlico officials that he will not participate
in the Xpressbet Jockey Challenge on Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 16.
The Jockey's Challenge will now feature seven of the eight active Hall of Fame riders with Russell
Baze (1999 Hall of Fame inductee), Mike Smith (2003), Kent Desormeaux
(2004), Edgar Prado (2008), John Velazquez (2012), Calvin Borel (2013)
and Alex Solis (2014) competing in four races with points awarded based
upon their finish.
has been very selective with his rides since coming out of retirement
last year and makes a conscious effort to limit his mounts,” Pimlico
president Tom Chuckas said. “He plans on riding in stakes races during
Preakness weekend which take priority.”
jockey with the most points at the end of the competition will be
crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday,
May 11, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points),
second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race.
champion jockey will earn $20,000. Other prize money: $10,000 (second),
$7,000 (third), $4,000 (fourth), $3,500 (fifth), $3,000 (sixth) and