|Anthony Stephen was born in Trinidad 36 years ago and his career and his family have taken him all over the world. As a promising young rider in Trinidad, he quickly became the best at his trade and looked for bigger opportunities than were offered in his homeland. He moved his tack to the Far East and the lucrative racing in Macau and Hong Kong. Far from his home, the young rider was once again a success. For seven years, he was a good enough rider to make a nice living and become well respected in that part of the world. It was there that he would meet his future wife, Henrike. Together they would have two children, Nicole and Joey. Both children were born deaf.|
Once they learned there was something that could be done for their children‘s lack of hearing, the parents uprooted their lives to move to Vancouver, Canada. For Stephen, a jockey who has been well received wherever he has gone, it meant leaving a lucrative contract with a top trainer in Asia, to begin his career anew. The move was necessary, as it was one of the few places in the world where his children could undergo a procedure called cochlear implant surgery and receive the proper education and therapy afterwards. The surgeries have been a success and both Nicole and Joey now can hear sounds and are well on their way to hearing the world as improbable as that was a few years ago. It was truly a worthwhile sacrifice for their parents to make and for Anthony Stephen’s career as a jockey, it was a sacrifice.
For the second time he left a smaller market to search for bigger accomplishments. He moved his tack from Western Canada to Ontario, where despite having no agent and little as far as connections, Stephen once again proved himself a very skilled rider. He skyrocketed to second on the jockey standings at Fort Erie before making a successful foray into the competitive Woodbine colony. It was enough for him to decide to take the ultimate plunge and come to America and shoot for the stars. Henrike spurred on the idea and wanted her husband, who had given up great opportunity for his family, to now go after his career with everything he has. Stephen is now armed with an agent who is working to get the word out on his talented rider. Lou Agosto, like his client, is a hard worker with a personality hard to resist. Agosto says,
“We hope to be invited by a major stable to serve as their primary rider after the Tampa meet is completed and I have already spoken to a series of winning stables from Kentucky, NYRA, Presque Isle, Monmouth and Delaware and if all goes as we hope, the purses at Calder will deservedly be returned to previous levels, which places Calder very high on the list of tracks we would like to base at year round. If no such invitation arrives then Anthony will ride at Woodbine's high quality, Summer meet.”