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Jockey Gary Stevens discovering his love of racing again


May 17, 2013|By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun

The results since Stevens returned have been admittedly mixed. Lukas was critical of Stevens' ride in the Arkansas Derby when Oxbow finished fifth after being dead-last for much of the race. Prior to the Derby, Lucas told reporters in Louisville that it was a performance Stevens, who has won nearly 5,000 races in his career, "won't be showing to his grandchildren."

Oxbow's performance in the Derby was a little more promising. Stalking speed horse Palace Malice, was near the lead with a quarter-mile left but faded down the stretch to finish sixth. It prompted Lukas to say about Stevens earlier this week at Pimlico, "I'm very comfortable there [with Stevens]. We've got karma together and we've had good luck doing this and he's gotten to know the horse a little better throughout the last two weeks."

If Oxbow can pull off the upset, Stevens would become the oldest jockey ever to win the Preakness.

Not that he think much about his age.

"To me, 50 [now] is the new 30," Stevens said.


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