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Hall of Fame Jockey, Broadcaster for NBC and HRTV, Actor

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Gary Stevens was born March 6, 1963 in Caldwell, Idaho into a family of horse people. He came to racing naturally, his father, Ron, is a trainer and had him grooming horses at age 8. His mother was a rodeo queen. His brother Scott is a jockey. Before he was 14, Gary was riding winners in quarter horse races at the bush tracks and fairs.

He rode his first thoroughbred winner Lil Star for his dad - in his first start - at 16 in 1979 at Les Bois Park in Idaho. Soon he became the top jockey in Washington, winning riding titles at Longacres in 1983-84. He moved his tack to Southern California where after a rocky and homesick start, his career skyrocketed. He won riding titles at Santa Anita four times (1986, 88, 90, 93), Hollywood summer twice (1986, 88): Del Mar twice (1987-88), Oak Tree three times (1986-87, 97), and Hollywood fall four times (1986, 88, 92, 94).

He may have made his name out west but is a familiar face on the Triple Crown circuit. His victories in the Kentucky Derby began in 1988 aboard Winning Colors, which he credits as his most exciting win. This was followed with victories by Thunder Gulch in 1995 and Silver Charm in 1997. Silver Charm came within a whisker of winning the triple crown.

In 1995, Gary won the first and last legs of the series with Thunder Gulch, trained by D. Wayne Lukas. Thunder Gulch finished third in the Preakness.

In 1998 Real Quiet won the Derby and the Preakness and looked to have the Crown wrapped up when Kent Desormeaux had him in front by five lengths in the stretch of the Belmont Stakes. And then along came Gary. In one of the greatest rides in history, Stevens and Victory Gallop caught Real Quiet by a nose to win the mile-and-a-half Test of the Champion.

Gary retired in December of 1999 with debilitating knee pain , but not before he had ridden a colt named Anees to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile the month before. Knee problems have plagued him. He underwent surgery in 1999 to have a cyst removed from his right knee; returned Dec. 26 of that year but announced his retirement that day, citing chronic pain and wear-and-tear on his knees. Prior to that knee surgery were operations in 1995, 1997 and 1998. Following retirement, he became an assistant trainer for Alex Hassinger and the Thoroughbred Corp. but not riding was difficult for him. He resumed riding in 2000.

He was back in the Triple Crown limelight just a few months later with Derby favorite Point Given, son of Thunder Gulch. After suicidal early fractions on a phony-fast racetrack, the Bob Baffert-trainee finished fifth to Monarchos. But it was Point Given, Baffert, Thoroughbred Corp. and Stevens who reigned supreme at Pimlico and Belmont Park, winning the Preakness and the Belmont. Gary feels that Point Given deserved the Triple Crown that year and that Kentucky Derby is perhaps the loss he regrets the most.

In 2003 Gary played the role of George Woolf in the acclaimed and Academy Award nominated movie "Seabiscuit." In the same year he was named one of People Magazines 50 Most Beautiful People.

Gary is married to Angie Athayde-Stevens whom he met of the set of "Seabiscuit." He has four wonderful children from his first marriage: Ashley, TC, Riley and Carlie.

In 2005 Gary retired from racing and became a racing analyst for NBC and TVG. He now commentates for NBC and HRTV and acts as a racing analyst /consultant for IEAH Stables and Pegasus Thoroughbreds.

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Gary Stevens Biography

Gary Stevens was born March 6, 1963 in Caldwell, Idaho into a family of horse people. He came to racing naturally, his father, Ron, is a trainer and had him grooming horses at age 8. His mother was a rodeo queen. His brother Scott is a jockey. Before he was 14, Gary was riding winners in quarter horse races at the bush tracks and fairs.

He rode his first thoroughbred winner Lil Star for his dad - in his first start - at 16 in 1979 at Les Bois Park in Idaho. Soon he became the top jockey in Washington, winning riding titles at Longacres in 1983-84. He moved his tack to Southern California where after a rocky and homesick start, his career skyrocketed. He won riding titles at Santa Anita four times (1986, 88, 90, 93), Hollywood summer twice (1986, 88): Del Mar twice (1987-88), Oak Tree three times (1986-87, 97), and Hollywood fall four times (1986, 88, 92, 94).

He may have made his name out west but is a familiar face on the Triple Crown circuit. His victories in the Kentucky Derby began in 1988 aboard Winning Colors, which he credits as his most exciting win. This was followed with victories by Thunder Gulch in 1995 and Silver Charm in 1997. Silver Charm came within a whisker of winning the triple crown.

In 1995, Gary won the first and last legs of the series with Thunder Gulch, trained by D. Wayne Lukas. Thunder Gulch finished third in the Preakness.

In 1998 Real Quiet won the Derby and the Preakness and looked to have the Crown wrapped up when Kent Desormeaux had him in front by five lengths in the stretch of the Belmont Stakes. And then along came Gary. In one of the greatest rides in history, Stevens and Victory Gallop caught Real Quiet by a nose to win the mile-and-a-half Test of the Champion.

Gary retired in December of 1999 with debilitating knee pain , but not before he had ridden a colt named Anees to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile the month before. Knee problems have plagued him. He underwent surgery in 1999 to have a cyst removed from his right knee; returned Dec. 26 of that year but announced his retirement that day, citing chronic pain and wear-and-tear on his knees. Prior to that knee surgery were operations in 1995, 1997 and 1998. Following retirement, he became an assistant trainer for Alex Hassinger and the Thoroughbred Corp. but not riding was difficult for him. He resumed riding in 2000.

He was back in the Triple Crown limelight just a few months later with Derby favorite Point Given, son of Thunder Gulch. After suicidal early fractions on a phony-fast racetrack, the Bob Baffert-trainee finished fifth to Monarchos. But it was Point Given, Baffert, Thoroughbred Corp. and Stevens who reigned supreme at Pimlico and Belmont Park, winning the Preakness and the Belmont. Gary feels that Point Given deserved the Triple Crown that year and that Kentucky Derby is perhaps the loss he regrets the most.

In 2003 Gary played the role of George Woolf in the acclaimed and Academy Award nominated movie "Seabiscuit." In the same year he was named one of People Magazines 50 Most Beautiful People.

Gary is married to Angie Athayde-Stevens whom he met of the set of "Seabiscuit." He has four wonderful children from his first marriage: Ashley, TC, Riley and Carlie.

In 2005 Gary retired from racing and became a racing analyst for NBC and TVG. He now commentates for NBC and HRTV and acts as a racing analyst /consultant for IEAH Stables and Pegasus Thoroughbreds.

Gary Stevens Videos

  • Gary Stevens Interview, Kentucky Derby 2013 - YouTube
  • Gary Stevens HIGHLIGHT INTERVIEW - YouTube
  • Jockey Gary Stevens Visits Silver Charm - YouTube

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  • How to book Gary Stevens?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Gary Stevens for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Gary Stevens, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Gary Stevens or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Gary Stevens?

    Booking fees for Gary Stevens, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Gary Stevens, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Gary Stevens?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Gary Stevens for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Gary Stevens for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Gary Stevens or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Gary Stevens or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Gary Stevens is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Gary Stevens for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Gary Stevens generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Elway, Howie Long, JP Pawliw-Fry, Caleb Hanie and Robert Kriegel. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Gary Stevens for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Gary Stevens Speaker Videos

  • Gary Stevens Interview, Kentucky Derby 2013 - YouTube
    Gary Stevens HIGHLIGHT INTERVIEW - YouTube
  • Jockey Gary Stevens Visits Silver Charm - YouTube
    [HKIR] Interview with Gary Stevens (USA Jockey) - YouTube
  • Night Cap with Gary Stevens Discussing Beholder's TVG Pacific ...

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