Back in the saddle – A mud-splattered Gary Stevens has relished the hard knocks entailed of once more being a front-line jockey.
Back in the saddle – One of the more colorful figures on the flat racing scene, the 51-year-old has embraced his second coming as though each race is his last.
Back in the saddle – He works tirelessly to get himself in shape -- here he tackles a mechanical horse to prepare himself for racing.
Back in the saddle – It is a far cry from 1988, when he celebrated his first Kentucky Derby victory.
Back in the saddle – A second followed in 1995 on board Thunder Gulch in a race he sees as the pinnacle of the sport of kings.
Back in the saddle – His third and, to date, last Kentucky Derby victory was in 1997 on board Silver Charm.
Back in the saddle – While still riding, Stevens went into acting, teaming up with Gary Ross (left), director of the 2003 film "Seabiscuit," and son of acclaimed screenwriter Arthur Ross (right).
Gary Stevens: Back in the saddle – He retired in 2005 and went into broadcasting as a racing analyst before winning another acting role in the television series "Luck," in which Dustin Hoffman starred as a jailed mobster who gets into the horse racing business after his release.
Back in the saddle – It may take him a four-mile walk each morning to get his knees warmed up to race, but he insists it's been all smiles on his return.
Back in the saddle – After his comeback in early 2013, Stevens rode Oxbow to victory in that year's Preakness Stakes.
Back in the saddle – Stevens has no idea how long his second racing career will last, but he has no immediate plans to ride into the sunset.