08/15/2010 10:33AM

Saratoga: Gary Stevens hurt in spill

Email   SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. _ Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens suffered what he believes is a broken left collarbone as a result of an accident during training hours Sunday morning at Saratoga.    Stevens, 47, was scheduled to participate in a pari-mutuel race next Friday at Arlington Park, pitting five retired jockeys against five current riders at Arlington’s meet. Stevens will have to cancel that engagement.    Stevens was working the 2-year-old Thatcatismine _ in company with the unraced 2-year-old Dance City, with fellow Hall of Famer Angel Cordero up _ when Thatcatismine suffered a fatal internal injury and fell just a few strides past the finish line. Stevens was unseated and fell as the horse collapsed. Thatcatismine, who in his only race reared at the gate and unseated his rider and ran off, died instantly from either a heart attack or ruptured aorta, trainer Todd Pletcher believes. An autospsy was to be performed, Pletcher added.    Stevens got up and eventually left the main track on his own power, but was later taken by a friend to Albany Medical Center to get examined. However, Stevens, having broken his collarbone before during his career, said he believes he broke it again.    ``I felt it break,’’ Stevens said while icing his collarbone in Pletcher’s barn office.    At 6 a.m., Stevens worked another horse for Pletcher without incident. This accident came following the renovation break and at a time when the track is open to the public, and the grandstand was full of patrons.    Stevens said he had been getting on horses for Pletcher at Churchill Downs during the spring and continued to get on horses when Del Mar’s meeting opened in late July.    ``I hate going to the gym, and I like staying fit,’’ Stevens said.    Stevens, who retired in 2005 and briefly went into training, won 4,888 races in his career including the Kentucky Derby three times.    Stevens currently works for the racing network HRTV. <<<>>>