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October 10th, Pat Day, Hall of Fame Jockey

Posted on Oct 9, 2019

LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington held its weekly meeting Thursday, October 10th,  at the Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road. The program’s guest speaker was Hall of Fame Jockey, Pat Day.

If you’re a patron of Keeneland, a fan of Thoroughbred racing, or follow the news in the Bluegrass, you know the name, Pat Day, our speaker this week.

Day established numerous records while based in Kentucky, where he is the all-time leading rider at both Churchill Downs and Keeneland. While riding in Illinois, he once had 8 winners in one afternoon at Arlington Park, and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas he won 12 consecutive riding titles.

Day’s accomplishments in the Breeders’ Cup include 12 wins and 17 seconds from 117 mounts. He retired as the leading money-winning Breeders’ Cup jockey with earnings of $23 million.

Day’s most important mounts included Hall of Famers Lady’s Secret and Easy Goer as well as Wild Again (the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Classic winner), Summer Squall, Tabasco Cat, Unbridled, Flanders, Tank’s Prospect, Louis Quatorze, and Lil E. Tee.

Day won the 1992 Kentucky Derby with Lil E. Tee; the Preakness in 1985 (Tank’s Prospect), 1990 (Summer Squall), 1994 (Tabasco Cat), 1995 (Timber Country), and 1996 (Louis Quatorze); and the Belmont in 1989 (Easy Goer), 1994 (Tabasco Cat), and 2000 (Commendable). He also won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1984 (Wild Again), 1990 (Unbridled), 1998 (Awesome Again), and 1999 (Cat Thief).

Other notable wins by Day include the Travers Stakes (4), Jockey Club Gold Cup (3), Blue Grass Stakes (4), Woodward Stakes, Florida Derby, Hollywood Gold Cup, Canadian International Stakes (2), Pimlico Special, Del Mar Handicap, and Kentucky Oaks (2). He won the Canadian Triple Crown in 1991 with Hall of Famer Dance Smartly.


For additional information, or to attend this meeting, please contact Peggy Trafton at 

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