Canterbury Park Hall of Fame jockey Scott Stevens will return to riding Friday at Turf Paradise. He has been named on two mounts, the first a Doug Oliver trainee.
Stevens was hurt in a gate incident during training hours in mid-June at Canterbury. He injured both shoulders including a broken scapula. It has been a long road back for Stevens but not the first time the 50-year-old rider has overcome the odds. He also suffered multiple injuries a year prior. While many thought that would end his career, Stevens was back in the winners’ circle less than five months later. He looks for the same to happen this time.
“I’ve been in therapy since July,” Stevens said. “I had to work hard. I’ve got 95% of the motion in my shoulder.”
Stevens was leading rider at Canterbury from 1990 through 1992 and is near the top of the Canterbury historical standings in nearly every record that matters.
Stevens is more than ready for his career to resume. “I feel good,” he said. “Everything works.” The veteran chooses his mounts wisely so victory will not be far off.
Stevens was recently named a finalist for the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Read more here…
Jockey Paul Nolan has moved his tack to New Orleans where he is working for trainer Michael Stidham at Fair Grounds. He has a mount in the second race on Saturday.