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Hall of Fame Horse Jockey Released From Hospital - 2003-08-20

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens says that he is happy to be alive after being trampled in last week's Arlington Million horse race. Stevens was released from a hospital in Illinois Tuesday in good condition.

Stevens survived a horrific accident last Saturday when his horse "Storming Home" threw him at the end of the race.

Stevens, who has ridden Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners "Silver Charm" and "Point Given" was thrown his mount from "Storming Home" near the end of Saturday's race.

After Stevens fell to the turf he was run over and kicked by another horse. The jockey suffered shoulder, neck, and rib injuries and a collapsed lung. In a media conference call Wednesday, Stevens said he was scared because breathing was difficult.

"I couldn't inhale. I was obviously tired from riding the race and from the heat and from the pain," he said. "I could not get any breath inside at all. Every time I tried to take a deep breath there was a horrible pain, so it was a scary feeling."

Stevens, who played legendary jockey George Woolf in the popular movie Seabiscuit, said his number one concern is recovering from his injuries, and getting back into the saddle. The Hall of Fame jockey is expected to be sidelined for as long a one month.