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Breeders' Cup 2017

HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

This new Gary Stevens kid can ride

I guess when you are a jockey with a name like Gary Stevens you better be good, and it looks like we have another good one. Did you see today’s Grade 2 Santa Maria?  I mean for a new rider, it was simply masterful. This kid was on one of the race’s long shots, a mare named Great Hot, and it was like Stevens was riding the odds-on choice. Breaking from the inside, the pair went right out to the early lead with the three big favorites all content to sit and wait just a little bit off. Furlong after furlong went by and you could just see the young rider expertly saving just the right amount of energy for the stretch run.

 

Sure enough, the big favorite, Book Review, came running, but Stevens had judged things to perfection, and was able to get his mare to the wire a winner without ever too much worry.

 

And this one comes on the heels of last week’s ride when he sprang Slim Shadey right out to the lead from post position 11 in the Grade 2 San Marcos. From there horse and rider led the field on a merry chase to the tune of a rather easy one-length tally over 7-2 favorite Interaction. That one was the young Stevens’ first stakes win. I mean it’s like this kid has been doing it all his life. Not bad for a jockey who just started riding on January 6.

 

I wonder if he is any relation to that great rider from Idaho with the same name. Remember him? Man, he was good. If memory serves me, he took home three Kentucky Derby trophies, and a bunch of wins in the Breeders’ Cup, Preakness and Belmont as well. I’m not sure, but didn’t he win the Santa Anita Derby like 21 times too? Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure he even rode Seabiscuit a few times. Last I heard he was turning fifty -or sixty - soon and is one of those Screen Actors Guild guys these days.

 

I wonder if the old Gary Stevens is watching this new one. If he is, he has to like what he sees. 

 

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Older Comments about This new Gary Stevens kid can ride...

I Love both of them <3 <3 <3
We'll see this new Gary Stevens in the Derby.
Can't wait to see the #KyDerby trail heat up so we can find out if this Kid will earn a mount!
LOL, nice one, Zipse!
flash in the pan?
Nah, just because he shows a little ability doesn't mean he won't be a drop in the bucket. I'm sticking with Charlie Kurtsinger!
He said his knees are feeling good ... hopefully that continues.
I read this Stevens kid has had knee issues. Is he over that?
Hahaha. Happy to see him back riding.
Hahahaha...good one Brian!!:))))

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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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