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Breeders' Cup 2017

HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Gary Stevens Career Highlight Reel

 

On the occasion of his 5,000th North American victory yesterday aboard Catch A Flight, let's take a look back at the Hall of Fame riding career of Gary Stevens, one of the greatest jockeys in American racing history.

 

Only two fillies have won the Run for the Roses in the past 99 editions, one of them being Winning Colors, with a 25-year-old Stevens in the saddle.

 

 

Gary's next Kentucky Derby victory, his second of three, came aboard another D. Wayne Lukas trainee, Thunder Gulch.

 

 

Only two years later, Stevens would make a thrilling run at a Triple Crown with the courageous Silver Charm.

 

 

But as excellent as Silver Charm was, it may have been another horse Stevens rode to two-thirds of the Triple Crown that was his best. Here is Point Given demonstrating his dominance in the Belmont Stakes.

 

 

As would be expected from a Hall of Fame rider, Stevens has found great success in the World Championships, including his first Breeders' Cup victory aboard In the Wings.

 

 

Gary Stevens won plenty of races outside the U.S., including north of the border, where he guided Da Hoss to his first of two Breeders' Cup Mile scores.

 

 

Stevens won the Breeders' Cup Distaff three times including this shocker in the 1994 edition aboard the 47-1 longshot, One Dreamer.

 

 

More recently, Stevens' BC Distaff success came aboard the multiple champion mare, Beholder.

 

 

While Beholder gave Stevens his first Breeders' Cup victory since his comeback, and in more than a decade, it was the win the following day aboard Mucho Macho Man, that finally gave him his first BC Classic.

 

 

As mentioned, Stevens also found much success internationally, but perhaps his biggest win abroad came aboard an old American friend in Silver Charm winning a Dubai World Cup thriller.

 

 

And finally, perhaps the most special of all of Gary's career of important wins, came after the comeback. Surprising most of us aboard Oxbow, the 50-year-old Steven rode a masterful race, and in the process gave his longtime associate, 77-year-old D. Wayne Lukas, his sixth Preakness victory.

 

 

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

  
The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.


Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

  
A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

  



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