Opelousas, La. — Retired jockey Shane Sellers made a triumphant return to racing Thursday, winning his only mount at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.
Sellers, who had been away from racing for 41/2 years due to a serious knee injury, rode Ide Ball to a victory in the first race on Thursday's card.
The 42-year-old Louisiana native last rode in December 2004.
It was the second return from retirement for Sellers. A serious knee injury in December 2000 forced him away from riding for 18 months.
"I'm healthy in both mind and spirit, and am ready to do what I love," Sellers said when he announced the comeback.
Sellers has been training horses at his Louisiana farm and is working on his autobiography.
Sellers was the primary rider on Horse of the Year Skip Away during the colt's 3-year-old and 4-year-old seasons. The two posted wins in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, the Travers, Woodbine Million and the Jockey Club Gold Cup, all in 1996. Skip Away was voted champion 3-year-old male in 1996.
Sellers has raced in 13 Kentucky Derbys. His best finish was a third aboard Wild Gale in 1993.
Solid field for U.N. Stakes
Saturday's Grade I, $750,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park will feature some of the best turf horses in training.
Court Vision is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the nine-horse field, which also features Spice Route, who won the Grade II Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland in April, defending race winner Presious Passion, and Grade I winner Brass Hat, who scored a victory in the Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs in May.
Ten set for Suburban
Multiple graded-stakes winner It's a Bird is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade II, $400,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. Argentine import Asiatic Boy is the 5-2 second choice.