Idaho jockey Gary Stevens saddles up for the Kentucky Derby

Idaho jockey Gary Stevens saddles up for the Kentucky Derby

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Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 7:51 AM

BOISE -- The famed Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, and Idaho's hall of fame jockey Gary Stevens is hoping he still has the magic.

The Capital High School Eagle is a three-time winner of the run for the roses. He retired in 2005 after winning almost 5,000 races and close to a quarter billion dollars in total winnings.

He became analyst on NBC for their horse racing coverage, but the urge to ride never left him. So after a 7-year itch, he hired a personal trainer, lost 27 pounds to get back to his riding weight of 115, and now he's riding, “Oxbow” for famed horse trainer, D. Wayne Lukas.

You can watch Stevens as he tries to win his fourth Kentucky Derby. The derby starts on Saturday, May 4th at 2 p.m. on NBC.

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  • 2 p.m. -- Coverage starts
  • 4:10 p.m. -- Race starts

"I think there were a lot of people that were rooting for me to come back and I think, subconsciously, I always sort of felt that I probably would come back. I didn't think it would be after 7 years, for sure. I started getting the itch during the triple-crown last year and especially during the Breeder's Cup," said Gary Stevens.

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