Aug 05, 2005
Hall of Famer Pat Day to retire
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day is expected to
announce his retirement from racing on Thursday at Churchill Downs. A press
conference will be conducted at the historic racetrack.
The 51-year-old will conclude his riding career as the all-time leader in purses
won. In his 32 years as a jockey, Day has earned $297,941,912, and he ranks
fourth in total wins with 8,804.
His career highlights include a Kentucky Derby victory on Lil E. Tee in 1992, as well
as five Preakness Stakes and three Belmont Stakes wins. The Colorado native was
aboard Tabasco Cat in 1994 when he won both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
At the Breeders' Cup, Day has ridden to victory 12 times and is tops in earnings
with more than $23 million. He won the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic in 1984
with Wild Again.
A born-again Christian, Day is expected to work with the Race Track Chaplaincy of
This year has seen Day miss the Triple Crown races while he recovered from hip
replacement surgery. He finishes 2005 with 26 wins and earnings of better
than $1.7 million.
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