Gary Stevens back in the saddle at Breeders' Cup
Hall of Fame jockey and 10-time Breeders' Cup winner Gary Stevens will be riding in the Breeders' Cup, 14 weeks to the day after undergoing knee replacement surgery on July 25.
Stevens will be aboard Sivoliere in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Oct. 31. He will be reuniting with owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown.
Stevens and Martin Schwartz famously won the Beverly D at Arlington Park in 2004 aboard Angara.
It was Stevens' first mount back at Arlington after his near-career-ending fall there in the 2003 Arlington Million.
"I feel like we got the band back together. I couldn't be more excited," Schwartz said after speaking with Stevens about returning to ride in the race.
"It was something that I knew I would need to do eventually. I just put it off until I had to deal with it," Stevens said of the procedure. "I always hoped I would be able to ride in the Breeders Cup this year, but I knew that I wasn't going to do it unless I was 110 percent. I'm so grateful to have owners and trainers that believe in me."
Stevens won the Breeders' Cup Classic last year on Mucho Macho Man. He won the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Beholder.
"Nothing can top the Breeders' Cup I had last year," the jockey said. "But being able to go out there and ride at the highest level, for great people only three months after having a new knee put in, well it's right up there."
The Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.