Race of the Week 2017

Report: Hall of Fame jockey Stevens to ride at Oaklawn Park

Gary Stevens plans to keep his biggest mounts in California — “that’s why we have airplanes,” he told the Daily Racing Form — but DRF reported Monday that the Hall of Fame jockey will otherwise spend his winter riding at Oaklawn Park.

Stevens said he’ll ride the opening day card Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park, where the Grade 1 Malibu will headline the racing, before relocating to Arkansas.

“The purses are great there,” he said. “And I’ve been very fortunate at Oaklawn since the start of my career, winning some major stakes races.”

Stevens rod Tiffany Lass to a victory in the 1986 Fantasy before winning that year’s Kentucky Oaks. He also first rode Tank’s Prospect in the 1985 Kentucky Derby after taking the Arkansas Derby.

Stevens, 54, has overcome multiple knee injuries and hip replacement to continue riding after twice retiring. According to Equibase, he has won more than 5,000 races.

 

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