From the Paulick Report
Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens has revised his projected date for returning to the saddle after a meeting with his doctor, per Daily Racing Form‘s Jay Hovdey. Stevens, 51, said he had a couple of offers to ride horses in the Breeders’ Cup and felt he would be able to make it back just in time after undergoing knee replacement surgery earlier this year.
Stevens reported that after a painful month, his new knee has begun behaving as expected and he has been doing well in his physical therapy exercises. Stevens showed a video of himself on a Equicizer to his doctor, who emphasized that the rider’s femur would take 12 weeks to heal from the surgery, no matter how good the knee felt.
A disappointed Stevens told the Form he is cleared to ride in a week to 10 days, but not to undergo the trauma of racing. His new projected return date is Dec. 26.