08/19/2003 12:00AM

Stevens out of hospital

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Jockey Gary Stevens was released from Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Tuesday morning, nearly three full days after being injured in a frightening spill in Saturday's Arlington Million at Arlington Park.

Because of the hour at which he was released, Stevens was unable to appear as part of a conference call arranged by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association that was otherwise to focus on this weekend's major stakes racing. Instead, Stevens was scheduled to have his own media conference call, also arranged through the NTRA, on Wednesday.

Stevens was injured when Storming Home ducked out suddenly nearing the finish of the Million, tossing Stevens into the path of oncoming horses. Stevens suffered a collapsed lung in the incident, and bruised his shoulder. X-rays also revealed a fracture to a cervical vertebra, but that injury is believed to be old.

Stevens is expected to be sidelined for one month.

Storming Home returned to the Del Mar barn of trainer Neil Drysdale on Monday after a flight from Chicago. Drysdale said he theorizes that Storming Home might have shied from a reflection from a mirror, set up along the inner rail, used to aid the photo-finish camera.