Los Angeles, CA (October 9, 2003)
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, known to millions of moviegoers for his critically acclaimed portrayal of jockey George Woolf in this summer’s hit movie “Seabiscuit,” will serve as guest analyst on TVG®’s "The Works", this Saturday and Sunday, the network announced today.
“The Works,” which kicks off TVG’s coverage of the 2003 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Saturday with the first of 14, one-hour shows, will air from 8:00-9:00 p.m. (ET), and will be simulcast on Fox Sports Net 2. The show will air on tape on Fox Sports Net Bay Area.
Stevens, who has eight Breeders’ Cup wins (fifth all-time) to his credit, will join host Todd Schrupp, TVG analyst Frank Lyons, trainer Tom Amoss, and reporters Caton Bredar and Jeannine Edwards from Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
“I can’t think of anyone we’d rather have help get our coverage underway than Gary,” said Tony Allevato, TVG Vice President and Executive Producer. “As a Hall of Famer who remains one of the sport’s top jockeys, Gary will bring a unique perspective to the program.”
Stevens, whose 89 Breeders’ Cup mounts ranks third all-time, has 15 seconds and 10 thirds to go along with his eight victories on horseracing’s Championship day. His mounts have earned over $13.5 million, putting him in fourth place in that category.
Stevens, whose acting debut won him universal praise from movie critics, will likely have several mounts on Breeders’ Cup day, led by the possible favorite in the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf, Storming Home. Ironically, the horse most likely to deliver a Stevens’ win on October 25, almost ended the popular jockey’s career when he threw him just after crossing the wire in last August’s Arlington Million. In that race, Storming Home was disqualified from first and placed fourth for interfering with other horses, but more importantly, Stevens, rushed to a hospital by a trackside ambulance, was diagnosed with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae. The initial prognosis for Stevens was a recuperation of at least a month, but the resilient jockey bounced back quickly, and was racing at Del Mar in less than three weeks.
On September 28, in a scenario reminiscent of the Seabiscuit saga, Stevens and Storming Home were reunited in the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship on Oak Tree’s opening day, and this time both horse and rider not only crossed the line first, but were victorious. Stevens called the victory vindication for what happened at Arlington, others called it a “Hollywood ending.”
“Between his role in ‘Seabiscuit’ and his recovery from the horrific spill aboard Storming Home, Gary’s become a national figure transcending just horseracing,” said Allevato, “and we’re excited that our viewers will get a chance to see him on ‘The Works.’”
TVG is the only broadly distributed interactive sports television network that combines the excitement of live horse racing from p
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