Retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, a winner of a record nine Santa Anita Derbies, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.
Stevens will also be an honored guest at Santa Anita Wednesday morning, as he’ll be among a large group of racing luminaries on hand for the Santa Anita Derby Draw Breakfast beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Draw Breakfast will be emceed by top rated radio personality Tim Conway Jr.
This is really awesome,” said Stevens. “I’m a big Dodger fan and I’m really honored by this. I’m going to bring my wife (Angie) and my little girl (Maddie) and we’re going to take a lot of pictures. It should be a great day!”
Stevens who is currently working as a racing analyst with HRTV and NBC, won his first Santa Anita Derby in 1988 with the brilliant filly Winning Colors. His other Santa Anita Derby wins came with Mister Frisky (1990), Personal Hope (1993), Brocco (1994), Larry The Legend (1995), Indian Charlie (1998), General Challenge (1999), Point Given (2001) and Buddy Gil (2003).
In addition to Winning Colors in 1988, Stevens won the Kentucky Derby in 1995 with Thunder Gulch and in 1997 with Silver Charm.
Stevens, 49, was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1997 and he retired on Nov. 27, 2005.
Santa Anita Publicity contributed to this report.
Gary Stevens/Benoit photo