The National Racing Compact, a federal entity that began issuing multi-state owners' licenses in January, issued its first jockey's license Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The honor went to Pat Day.
"I just want to say how happy I am this is coming to fruition," Day said. "This is a transient job. You'd roll into one state and be ready to ride, and they'd say, 'Your license has expired.' "
Robin Williams, chairwoman of the Virginia Racing Commission, made the presentation to Day. Jon McKinnie, executive director of the National Racing Compact, said about 15 jockeys, including Jerry Bailey, Jose Santos, and Mike Smith, have applied for a license.
The national license is recognized in 18 jurisdictions.