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Tuesday, August 24
Jockey Stevens leaving France




Gary Stevens has abruptly left his job as stable jockey to French trainer Andre Fabre and will return to riding in the United States within the next few days. Stevens made the announcement after finishing fourth in Monday's Group III Prix Minerve at Deauville.

Stevens, who has frequently changed career paths and can't seem to settle in one place for too long, arrived in April to fulfill the position as the regular rider for the powerful Fabre stable. Stevens has ridden 55 winners in France this year and his campaign has been highlighted by the successes of Polish Summer (GB) and Somnus (GB), winners of the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad al Sheba and G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, respectively. However, he did not win a Group I race in France for Fabre.

"I am leaving France on excellent terms with [trainer] Andre Fabre," he said. " The results have been disappointing for both of us. Maybe it's my fault, I don't know, but it's the decision I have made. I have accepted to take part in a talk show in America and I've also been contacted to act in a new movie by the end of the year. In the meantime I will continue riding in California and my agent is already looking for rides. I'm also looking forward to picking up some rides at the Breeders' Cup [at Lone Star Park] in Texas."

Stevens, who played the part of George Woolf in the movie Seabiscuit, has often said he would like to give acting another try.



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