What is Gary Stevens really saying?

We found another gem in Ed Golden’s recently compiled Santa Anita notes. This one’s about jockey Gary Stevens and the rampant rumors of a comeback since he was seen working horses at Pegasus Equine Rehabilitation Center.

From the notes:

Gary Stevens has dashed speculation that he would resume his riding career after an absence of seven years.

“As far as a comeback, I don’t know who’s spreading these rumors . . . I will be working for HRTV on opening day. That’s the only comment I have,” said the retired Hall of Fame jockey, who turns 50 next March 6.

Stevens, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner who rode for 27 years, announced his retirement on Nov. 27, 2005.

Stevens has been working horses recently at the Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center in Redmond, Washington, and reportedly has his weight down to 122 pounds. The Pegasus operation is overseen by Stevens’ longtime friend, trainer Mike Puhich.

Hmmm. . . interesting comments from Mr. Stevens, but not really an all-out denial? Only time will tell.

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