09/06/2004 11:00PM

Stevens okay after scare


Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who collapsed in the jockeys' room on Monday after riding Laura's Lucky Boy to a third-place finish in the Del Mar Derby, was treated at Scripps La Jolla Hospital for dehydration Monday night but was back at the track on Tuesday morning.

"They hung two liters of fluid on me in the hospital," Stevens said. "They said I didn't have any potassium and it was affecting my kidneys. They did an EKG on me because I was having some tightness in my chest. But it turns out they think I have asthma, and they want me to see an allergist. I was relieved it wasn't my heart. I was just dehydrated."

It was unseasonably hot and humid at Del Mar on Monday. Stevens spent the early part of the day in the sweat box at the track, trying to lose a couple of pounds, but the heat of the afternoon sapped him.

Stevens took off one mount, Diamond Indy in the 10th and final race. Kerwin John gained the mount, and rode Diamond Indy to a $26.60 win.

Stevens said he would ride the closing-day card at Del Mar on Wednesday.