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Friday, July 11, 2014
Stevens set for knee surgery

By Ron Mitchell

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens is taking another break from the saddle to undergo knee replacement surgery, but the 51-year-old rider plans to return to competition again.

Stevens, who has ridden 4,988 winners and ranks ninth all-time on the North American earnings' list with $236,951,490, resumed his career in January 2013 after retiring in 2005. Included in his comeback victories were the Breeders' Cup Classic with Mucho Macho Man, Breeders' Cup Distaff aboard Beholder, and the Preakness Stakes with Oxbow .

During his break, Stevens served as a racing analyst for HRTV and NBC, and was among the actors on the HBO series "Luck."

Stevens, who also took time off from riding due to knee problems in 1999-2000, announced his latest break during an exclusive interview July 10 with HRTV's Laffit Pincay and Christina Blacker on the network's "Grandstand" show.