Stevens was born March 6, 1963 in Caldwell, Idaho into a family of horse people. He came to racing naturally, his father, Ron, is a trainer and had him grooming horses at age eight.
His mother was a Rodeo Queen, and his brother, Scott, is a jockey. Before he was 14, Gary was riding winners in quarter horse races at the Idaho bush tracks and fairs. Riding became his passion and an illustrious career was born.
His career ascended rapidly, and 20 years later, at age 34, Stevens was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall, becoming the youngest rider to earn that honor.
A year later, he won the Eclipse Award as the nation's top jockey. In 1996, he was named the recipient of the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Stevens later earned acclaim for his portrayal of Woolf in the 2003 Oscar nominated blockbuster, "Seabiscuit."
Stevens also plays a starring role in the HBO series, “Luck”.
He won virtually all of the sport's biggest races, including eight Triple Crown races -- three Kentucky Derbys, two Preakness Stakes, and three Belmont Stakes. He also piloted eight Breeders' Cup winners during his brilliant career, and won a record nine Santa Anita Derbies.
In 1993, he became the youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in career earnings. Stevens's riding career spanned 27 years, encompassing over 5,000 victories and more than $221 million in purse earnings.
In his incredibly successful career, Stevens rode some of the sport's greatest equine stars, including: Winning Colors, Thunder Gulch, Silver Charm, Point Given, Silverbulletday, Da Hoss, Rock Hard Ten, Bertrando, Singspiel, Victory Gallop, Fantastic Light, and many others.