Updated on 06/06/2013 11:09AM

Hollywood Park: Stevens takes day off after spill


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens took off his mounts at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, a day after being unseated in a turf race.

Stevens, who is booked to ride Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes in New York, was scheduled to have two mounts Sunday.

He worked one horse Sunday morning but said he was “pretty sore” and chose not to ride. Later in the morning, Stevens, 50, said he went to a hospital near Santa Anita for precautionary X-rays on his ribs.

“I was a little uncomfortable with the ribs on my left side,” he said. “I went to the hospital, and I got the all-clear. I’m relieved about that. It’s best to know what you’re dealing with. I didn’t want to have a cracked rib or something.”

In Saturday’s seventh race, run over a mile on turf, Stevens was unseated when Two Blue Hens, the 9-5 favorite, ducked out on the first turn. Stevens was at the back of the field when he was unseated.

Stevens scrambled under the inside rail and then walked into an ambulance on his own power. After undergoing a brief examination in the track’s first-aid department, Stevens went back to the jockeys’ room. He had no mounts later on the program.

Ray Kielsmeier More than 1 year ago
All the best to Gary and Robbie Davis! I actually had an $11 winning exacta ticket on the race Gary fell in! Robbie thanks for 1989! I see you won the Volante riding for charley W beating Gary riding for Julio! I had a $17 ticket that paid me $566 but were great and I appreciate it. You were in many big exactas for me and helped me live far beyond what my career would have allowed. I remember the Circumstances of how and why you came west so when something happens on the track you are especially impacted. I had only bet $34 on the Preakness and not that happy with only a $5 exacta for $754 but was thrilled for Gary.
Harvey Savitsky More than 1 year ago
Could that really be 'the' Robbie Davis?
Mike B More than 1 year ago
Nice NY Times piece on Stevens, too. His character in Luck was to undergo a transformation in future scripts and seasons and beat his demons an be back on top... The cancelled the show--so he made it a reality... Neat story. Wouldn't 2 of 3 triple crown races make for a nice real life script. Disney couldn't write a better one...
Ray Kielsmeier More than 1 year ago
I was loving that show but it worked out for Gary! I just didn't get where Dustin H fit in. I guess it would have been clear later?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey Tony, maybe you should stick to one & two syllable words only. It seems you cannot spell them when they are over 3.
Will More than 1 year ago
Mr. Perfect is back. Anyone who wishes harm on someone else shouldn't be allowed to speak! Maybe we should all hope for your demise and the world would be much improved!
ron More than 1 year ago
finely got this straitened out it was gary stevens and not gomez.stuff like this is very hard to pick up at lots of simacasts and ours here at srp. is one of them.if you dont catch it on the screen you wont find it.
Harvey Savitsky More than 1 year ago
Yikes, Ron!
Robbie Davis More than 1 year ago
glad to see gary ok, this the most part thank the Lord.. 1 take it easy on vic he made a mistake he's is human. 2 listen he apologize . 3 sets of yellow colors in the race. .
Harvey Savitsky More than 1 year ago
Is English your first language??
Tony More than 1 year ago
To the MORON who signed in as "Anonymous" & wished it was Gomez instead of Stevens.......You should have signed in as "IGNORENT"!
Harvey Savitsky More than 1 year ago
ANON cannot express himself properly! fyi IGNORaNT!
Will More than 1 year ago
So he can't spell? We all got the point, didn't we?
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
1. Glad that GS is OK - needs to be cautious - he seems well aware of that. 2. Once again Vic has proved himself a "secondary" announcer.
IndyOne More than 1 year ago
Glad that Gary is OK...What is the status on Two Blue Hens?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too bad Vic Stauffer got it wrong yesterday! If someone was going to fall off a horse, I would hope it was Gomez instead of Gary! Get well Gary!
Victor More than 1 year ago
Feel horrible about making that mistake. Don't know why Garrett's name came out of my mouth. Had been preparing for the Graded Stakes in the next race and he was on the #1. Maybe that caused the brain fart. Live play by play can be humbling. Wish I could have a do over. Called Go-Go and apologized. Must have been awful if his family was watching. Very happy the Gary wasn't hurt. Will try to better in the future.
Daniel Garcia More than 1 year ago
We all make mistakes. No one's perfect. Keep up the good work.
Greg Michaels More than 1 year ago
Stop rehearsing your race calls before the race and just follow the action. You have made so many mistakes it is laughable. Remember Sinai?
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Greg, are you a professional race caller? Then you can critique. Mr. Stauffer, I have admired your calls and will miss them at the demise of Hollywood. I'll never forget your earthquake call and you still had the presence to, at the end of that race, state "in a shaker"! Loved it!
zeakman1398 More than 1 year ago
No Kidding @Chris, Vic is one of the best in the business. While I am not an announcer, I would imagine the beginning of the race is the most difficult, your brain has to make a conscious switch, and so forth. As a Neuropsychologist, I can tell you that announcers are literally calling the race from a different area of the brain in the beginning vs. the end. Just like how you ride a bike in a different area when you first start... or make a change to your golf swing. Regardless, Mr. Stauffer, if that really is you, thanks for having the charisma to chime in. Had it been me this fool was critiquing, all the while wishing someone to get hurt, I would not have responded so calmly. Going to miss your calls terribly. Best of luck.
Will More than 1 year ago
say what u want but he's one of the best! I hear you do a fine job at "on my couch" downs!!!
andrew More than 1 year ago
Vic still has one of the best calls "St Trinians is all out, Zenyatta trying to gun her down on the money!" I'll never forget that day! Every announcer makes mistakes, even the best of them!
Richard Holmes More than 1 year ago
Vic, You are one of the top 3 best announcers in the country. You do a fantastic job. There is no announcer that doesn't occasionally make mistakes. Both Denman and Dirkin have made some major mistakes in huge races. It happens. It's part of being an announcer. You strive to be perfect but there will occasionally be a mistake. I think it's ridiculous for people to give you a hard time about it. It's impossible to call 8 races a day without occasionally making a mistake. Mistakes are inevitable, even for the best.
grayposse More than 1 year ago
Vic is first class all the way. Lets give him a break and enjoy the final year at BHP!!
Justin More than 1 year ago
Really enjoy your work each Summer in Santa Rosa Vic.
Will More than 1 year ago
U are a classic &%$hole! Who wishes anyone injury? There's many jockeys I don't like but why would anyone want to see someone get hurt?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will, maybe you need to improve your reading skills? If you re-read my post. I said too bad Vic got it worng if someone was going to fall off a horse, I'd hope it was Gomez & not Gary Stevens. Fact is a jock went down & Vic Stauffer just called it incorrectly.
Glenn Canady More than 1 year ago
You don't ride as long as Gary has because you not smart. He knows his body and how to ride. Winning will take care of itself, stay alive and healthy. Ride another day.