08/18/2010 4:22PM

Stevens slowly recovering from multiple injuries


Jockey Scott Stevens is recovering from injuries he sustained in a fall at Canterbury Park on July 2. Stevens was one of four jocks involved in the spill and suffered multiple injuries, including punctured lungs, multiple rib and spinal fractures, and two broken collarbones. Stevens spent two days in intensive care, and nine total days in the hospital.
“I am doing all right,” Stevens said. “I still have some numbness in my fingers. I am able to walk and keep myself busy that way. All my limbs and everything are fine. In about two months, I should be able to get back on horses.”
Stevens, 49, has 3,946 wins and more than $30 million in earnings. Stevens said he wanted to stop riding on his own terms.
“I love what I do,” he said. “I don’t want to have to quit for that reason.”
◗ Stevens also had information on the status of fellow rider Tad Leggett, who sustained very serious injuries in a spill at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Okla., on June 30.
“He told me he wiggled his toes and knees,” Stevens said of Leggett. “The spinal cord was not severed, so that’s good. There was just so much trauma and bruising. Tad is a tough person, and he’s off the ventilator now.”