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Son of Hall of Fame jockey looking to make his mark as a trainer

Given his bloodlines, it was always a good bet that Tory Stevens would wind up with a career around horses.

His father, Gary Stevens, is a Hall of Fame jockey who is approaching 5,000 lifetime victories, including nine in the Triple Crown and 10 in the Breeders' Cup.

Aside from acting and broadcasting, Gary Stevens also had a brief turn as a trainer during a six-year retirement he ended in 2013, winning one of 26 starts in 2009 and 2010. When 29-year-old Tory decided to give training a shot for himself after working on farms in Kentucky and Florida, dad was there to lend his encouragement and expertise.

"My dad is very supportive. He watches all the races and likes to call and give me a little training advice," Tory Stevens said. "I remind him that we've won the same amount of races as trainers together. I said, 'My next one, I'm going to have more wins than you it at least in one category.' It's good."

Stevens is stabled at Gulfstream Park for the first time this winter, after spending the summer and fall in Kentucky running at Ellis Park, Keeneland and Churchill Downs. He expanded his string to four horses by claiming Katz My Song, a five-year-old Unbridled's Song horse, for $6,250 on December 27. On Friday, Stevens will saddle his first horse at Gulfstream when he sends out Rowdy Miss in the 6TH race.

So far, the stable includes himself, his wife, Jaime, and one groom, based at the far end of barn 10 behind the main track.

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