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Gary Stevens Donates $5,000 to Remember Me Rescue

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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 his skill.

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 groups.”


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Mary, sorry I missed your Mizdirection pick, must have been the tiny font. I fixed it in my blog with everyone's results and picks. I am happy to share the 2013 leadership with you!
Wonderful gesture by Mr.Stevens.
Good for Gary! Donna Keen is a lovely, dynamic person with a true passion for the welfare of all thoroughbreds. RMR is a good place for horses in need.
Good to hear. Gary has always been a class act.

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Mary Cage has been around horses all her life, having owned, shown, and judged them for as long as she can remember. She began writing her own horse racing blog, Past the Grandstand, in August 2011 and has since been published in America's Horse, American Racehorse and the Appaloosa Journal, as well as with the websites of The Blood-Horse and The Equine Chronicle. She has also had photos published with Paulick Report and Thoroughbred Daily News. In addition, she works as one of the social media coordinators for the Texas Thoroughbred Association and is an intern at WinStar Farm with a client relations and marketing focus, as well as some bloodstock duties.

In her personal horse experience, Mary has been around horses all her life and has won several Appaloosa National Champion and Reserve World Champion titles in the show ring. She has also worked as a hotwalker and groom.

Mary has always aspired to have a career with horses and since her love for horse racing began, she has dreamed of pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry, possibly as a racing manager or client relations specialist. She is currently attending the University of North Texas, where she is a journalism major with a concentration in advertising and a minor in marketing. With this blog, she hopes to show readers horse racing through the eyes of a young fan and transport you to some of racing's biggest events through her photos and words.

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