From the Paulick Report
You’d think it’d be hard to top jockey Gary Stevens’ extraordinary return to racing last year at age 50. After 7 1/2 years away from competitive riding, Stevens was a tour de force, capping off a stellar season by winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
But he might just have that beat this weekend. Stevens will ride two mounts at the Breeders’ Cup — less than 100 days removed from having his knee replaced. Lots of people have knee replacement surgery, they just don’t ride a Thoroughbred at 40 miles per hour in a world championship three months later.
Stevens can hardly wait. About 24 hours before he’s scheduled to ride Sivoliere in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Stevens talked about the agony of the past summer, his remarkably swift recovery, and why he’ll try to do something almost no professional athlete has accomplished.