03/10/2017 3:16PM

Stevens returns from hip surgery, goes 0 for 2

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Gary Stevens and Oopper Wallah finish second Thursday at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was winless in two mounts at Santa Anita on Thursday, his first rides since undergoing hip-replacement surgery in late December.

Stevens finished second on Oopper Wallah in the fourth race, for 3-year-old claiming sprinters, and sixth on Jabber Now in the eighth race, for maidens on turf. He was active in the Santa Anita stables on Friday morning.

“I’ve worked a couple, and I’m ready for today,” he said.

Stevens, 54, has no mounts on Sunday’s nine-race program. He resumed working horses in late February. Thursday was his first day of riding since Dec. 10 at Los Alamitos.