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June 15, 2004 |
Gary Stevens, 88, who rose from radio scriptwriter to publicist and producer of such radio and television shows as "Twenty Questions," died of a heart ailment May 17 at his New York home. A native of Lake Forest, Ill., Stevens began working for radio in New York as a teenager. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and speech at the University of Chicago and a master's degree from New York University.
February 21, 2004
I feel compelled to respond to the comments made by Gary Stevens in Bill Christine's article (Stevens Returns After Having Security Concerns, Feb. 14). Gary stated that "there have been some cutbacks made at the track, and on slow days there aren't as many security people as they usually have." Does anybody think that it takes as many security officers to handle a crowd of 4,000 as it does to handle 20,000? I think not. The security force at Santa Anita Park is substantial.
February 14, 2004 |
Gary Stevens took off his last mount Thursday because of post-race security concerns at Santa Anita. Stevens, a Hall of Fame jockey who portrayed George Woolf in the Oscar-nominated "Seabiscuit," resumed riding Friday after having been assured by track officials that security would be improved. After races at Santa Anita, riders must take a long walk -- part of it through the crowd -- to reach the jockeys' room.
January 20, 2004 |
Give the Aga Khan a smidgen of the credit for Sweet Return landing in the lap of John Brunetti, who waited more than 35 years before his family won a Grade I race.
October 22, 2003 |
Maybe someday, the jock's room at Santa Anita will rival Schwab's Drug Store on Hollywood and Vine where, legend has it, Lana Turner was discovered and a star was born.
September 5, 2003 |
Less than three weeks after he was injured in a freak accident in the Arlington Million, jockey Gary Stevens will be back today at Del Mar. Originally scheduled to be out a month because of a collapsed lung suffered when he was dumped by Storming Home on Aug. 16, Stevens will return to ride Fly to the Wire in the $75,000 El Cajon Stakes.
August 21, 2003 |
Jockey Gary Stevens said Wednesday that he couldn't remember anything that happened in the stretch run of Saturday's Arlington Million. Stevens' horse, Storming Home, appeared to have the race won, but just before the wire he bolted to the outside, fouled other horses and dropped his rider, who was hospitalized with a collapsed lung and other injuries.
August 19, 2003 |
Jockey Gary Stevens, still hospitalized from injuries suffered when his wayward horse fouled other horses while winning Saturday's Arlington Million in suburban Chicago, will be sidelined for a month, his theatrical agent, Eddie Goldstone, said Monday. Stevens, who was unseated while trying to control the veering Storming Home just past the finish line, could be released from the hospital today.
August 18, 2003 |
Although he did not break any bones, jockey Gary Stevens did suffer a collapsed lung in the bizarre mishap at the finish of Saturday's Arlington Million at Arlington Park. The Hall of Fame rider was unseated when favored Storming Home, who crossed the wire first, veered out sharply just before the finish. Stevens hit the ground hard and was clipped by a trailing horse. He said afterward that his left shoulder had been stepped on.
August 17, 2003 |
In the 21st and most bizarre running of the Arlington Million, Storming Home crossed the wire first but was disqualified after ducking out near the wire and unseating jockey Gary Stevens just past the finish of the race at Arlington Park near Chicago. Stevens, who hit the turf hard, appeared to be kicked by a trailing horse and was taken off on a stretcher to a nearby hospital, but onlookers said he was conscious and did speak to Neil Drysdale, Storming Home's trainer.