Gary Stevens' career is in jeopardy after the Hall of Fame jockey's revelation Friday that he will undergo knee replacement surgery.
Stevens is two victories shy of 5,000 career wins in North American races. He last raced on July 6 at Monmouth Park.
"It's been a great run, a great career," Stevens, 51, told HRTV. "If I don't make it back I can live with that. But I'm going to bust my butt to do it."
Stevens told HRTV he is scheduled for surgery on Friday after an MRI this week revealed significant damage to the knee.
"My ACL was completely shot, which I didn't even know," he said. "That was a big shock."
Stevens was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 and retired from racing in 2005. He launched a comeback in 2013 after several years as a commentator for NBC and HRTV and won the 2013 Preakness Stakes aboard Oxbow.
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