Hot Springs, Ark. (Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016) – Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, fresh off his victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff aboard Beholder, has announced plans to ride at Oaklawn during the 2017 live meet.

“The quality of the races and the quality of the purses are why I’m coming to Oaklawn,” Stevens said. “I’m excited.”

Stevens, 53, has ridden 5,079 winners during his career that began in 1979. He holds 11 total Breeders’ Cup victories and has won nine Triple Crown races, including three Kentucky Derbys. His most recent Triple Crown race win came in 2013 when he picked up the mount on Rebel Stakes runner-up Oxbow and guided him to an upset victory in the Preakness Stakes for Hall of Fame trainer and Oaklawn regular D. Wayne Lukas. His most prominent Oaklawn wins have been in the 1990 Arkansas Derby aboard Silver Ending and 1985 Arkansas Derby aboard Tank’s Prospect.