Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens is retiring from horse racing after over 30,000 races due to a C4 vertebra pressing up against his spinal cord.
Stevens, 55, was injured in the post parade last Saturday at Del Mar.
“My right arm went numb. It was almost like a whiplash effect,” Stevens told The Daily Racing Forum.
“I was getting close (to retiring) anyway. Now it will be time to pursue other things, but thank God I’m not in a wheelchair. I don’t know if this was something that was brewing, but my arm went numb and I’ve got tingling now in both hands, and the base of my skull feels like a coffee pot got put on it.”
Today @delmarracing celebrated the incredible racing career of Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens!
— TVG (@TVG) November 24, 2018
Gary Stevens statistics
Born: March 6, 1963, Caldwell, Idaho
Wins: 5,187 (30th all time)
Earnings: $258,213.868 (9th all-time)
· Inducted into Racing Hall of Fame, 1997
· Won Eclipse as outstanding jockey, 1998
· Won nine Triple Crown races, three in each leg
· Won 11 Breeders’ Cup races
· Led nation in purses won, 1990 and 1998
· Won George Woolf Award, 1996
· Starred in the movie “Seabiscuit” (as George Woolf) and the television series “Luck”
Triple Crown victories
Kentucky Derby: Winning Colors (1988), Thunder Gulch (1995), Silver Charm (1997)
Preakness: Silver Charm (1997), Point Given (2001), Oxbow (2013)
Belmont: Thunder Gulch (1995), Victory Gallop (1998), Point Given (2001)
Breeders’ Cup victories
In the Wings (1990 Turf), Brocco (1993 Juvenile), One Dreamer (1994 Distaff), Da Hoss (1996 Mile), Escena (1998 Distaff), Silverbulletday (1998 Juvenile Fillies), Anees (1999 Juvenile), War Chant (2000 Mile), Beholder (2013 Distaff), Mucho Macho Man (2013 Classic), Beholder (2016 Distaff)
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