Pat Day, jockey (#101)
Four-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Pat Day, a member of the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, talks about some of the highlights of his stellar career.
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In 32 years, Pat Day rode 8,804 winners, fourth on the all-time list, and set a North American record for prize money won. Among those wins were nine U.S. Triple Crown races—including the 1992 Kentucky Derby with Lil E. Tee. After hip surgery forced him to miss the Derby for the first time in 21 years, Day announced his retirement in August 2005.
During the KET interview, Day also talked about a darker chapter in his life and how religious faith helped him overcome it. Day had serious substance abuse problems in his younger days but kicked the habit when he became a born-again Christian in the early 1980s. He has been active with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America ever since and now represents the racing industry on the board of that organization.