Gary's Press Release

Hall of Famer Gary Stevens Announces Retirement
Will Join TVG Network As Analyst In January

November 25, 2005 – Louisville, KY – In a press conference held at historic Churchill Downs, Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens announced his retirement from riding after a 26-year career and revealed plans to move into the broadcast booth as a racing analyst with TVG, the interactive horse racing network.

“There is a piece of my heart that would love to continue riding, but my body can’t take it anymore,” said Stevens. “Between weight concerns and the limited number of mounts I am riding, the reward is just not there anymore. The injuries I have sustained over the years have caught up with me”.

Along with his three victories in the Kentucky Derby aboard Winning Colors (1988), Thunder Gulch (’95) and Silver Charm (’97), Stevens’ stellar career included wins in more than 5,000 races. His victory total includes wins in five other Triple Crown races: two in the Preakness and three in the Belmont Stakes. He also won eight races in the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and collected a record nine victories in the Santa Anita Derby. Stevens rode Silver Charm to victory in the $5 million Dubai World Cup in 1998 and took the Japan Cup in 1991 aboard Golden Pheasant. His many riding titles include crowns at Santa Anita, Oak Tree at Santa Anita, Del Mar, Hollywood Park and a title he earned in England while riding abroad.

Stevens, 42, will officially end his riding career with a pair of mounts at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 26. He will launch his new career as a race analyst with TVG in January.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the relationship,” said Stevens. “ I’m retiring from riding, but not from racing – and I look forward to working with the team at TVG. I have enjoyed a great relationship with (TVG executive producer) Tony Allevato and his team and look forward to giving viewers an insider’s look at what takes place on the race track.”

Stevens moved beyond his racetrack accomplishments to earn accolades for his portrayal of legendary jockey George “The Iceman” Woolf in Universal Studios’ 2003 blockbuster film “Seabiscuit.” The box office hit, based on a best selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, earned seven Academy Award nominations, including a nomination for “Best Picture.” In the same year, People magazine featured Stevens in its annual “50 Most Beautiful People” issue.

A native of Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens scored his first victory in his very first race aboard Lil Star at Les Bois Park in Boise on May 16, 1979. His father, Ron Stevens, trained Lil Star.

The remarkable accomplishments in the career that grew from that initial victory resulted in Stevens’ enshrinement in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in 1997 at the young age of 34.

TVG Press Release


LOS ANGELES, November 25, 2005 – Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who announced his retirement from riding today at a Churchill Downs press conference, will continue his extraordinary career with TVG, the interactive horseracing network, as a race analyst beginning in January.

Stevens, 42, won more than 5,000 races, including three Kentucky Derbys, two Preakness Stakes, three Belmont Stakes, eight Breeders’ Cup races and a record nine Santa Anita Derbys during a career that began in 1979. His mounts have won more than $221 million. He was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1997.

Away from the race track, Stevens, a native of Caldwell, Idaho, gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of legendary jockey George Woolf in the 2003 movie, “Seabiscuit.” The box office hit, based on the best selling book, earned an Oscar nomination as Best Picture.

“We are excited to have Gary join TVG’s best-in-class talent roster,” said TVG General Manager David Nathanson. “As he proved in Seabiscuit and in countless interviews, he’s more than comfortable in front of the camera and we’re looking forward to the insight and expertise he can offer our viewers.”

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining TVG. I’m not retiring from racing, just from riding, and I look forward to giving TVG viewers an insider’s look at what takes place on the race track,” said Stevens. “I’m a big fan of TVG, and like many in our sport consider it the first destination for racing fans.”

TVG indicated that Stevens’ role is likely to expand beyond race analyst.

“Gary’s main role will be to give our viewers the perspective of a Hall of Fame jockey but we’re not going to limit him to the analyst’s chair,” said Tony Allevato, TVG Senior Vice President and Executive Producer. “We’ll look for opportunities to utilize him in a variety of roles and on special programming.”

Available in over 16 million homes nationwide, TVG Network is the leading sports television network that combines the excitement of live horseracing from premier U.S. racetracks and the convenience of in-home, account wagering. In addition to live horseracing, TVG Network features commentary, interviews, in-depth race analysis, handicapping and wagering tutorials, and originally produced programming for racing's major events. Viewers in certain areas can wager interactively on the races via telephone or online by establishing a wagering account online at or by telephone at 1-888-PLAY TVG.

TVG, a subsidiary of Gemstar – TV Guide International, Inc., has exclusive agreements for television and interactive wagering with the following racetracks: Aqueduct, Arlington Park, Belmont Park, Calder, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Ellis Park, Emerald Downs, Fair Grounds, Fairplex Park, Hollywood Park, Hoosier Park, Keeneland, Los Alamitos, Oak Tree at Santa Anita, Prairie Meadows, Ruidoso Downs, Saratoga Raceway, Saratoga Race Course, Turf Paradise, Turfway Park and Zia Park.