50-year-old Gary Stevens tries for win in Breeders' Cup

50-year-old Gary Stevens tries for win in Breeders' Cup

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

BOISE -- Idaho's favorite jockey will be back in the seat for a big race this weekend.

At 50 years old, Caldwell native Gary Stevens will try for a win at the Breeders' Cup.

The Hall of Fame jockey has already won the Belmont Stakes, the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby three times each.

Stevens' latest retirement was in 2005 because of years of bad falls and the toll they had taken on his body.

During 7 years in retirement Stevens stayed close to the action working as an analyst for NBC, and even appearing in the movie “Seabiscuit.”

He got back in the saddle earlier this year at the age of 50, and says he is better than ever.

"There is a big difference, my wisdom and experience over the years has helped me greatly, immensely,” said Stevens.

“Are you the best rider you have ever been in your life right now?” asked the reporter.

“Yea, I think so," replied Stevens.

Earlier this year Stevens won the Preakness riding Oxbow, the same horse that he rode to sixth place in this years' Kentucky Derby.

The 30th Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park in California. The race airs at 6 p.m. Saturday on Channel 7.

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