Pat Day Featured Speaker at Race Track Chaplaincy Dinner

Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be the featured speaker at the "What a Difference a Day Makes" dinner to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's Ocala Florida Chapter.

The dinner is set for March 14 at 6:30 P.M. in the Ocala Hilton Ballroom on the evening before the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Championship Stakes Day.

Day, 50, who recently returned to racing at Gulfstream Park after shoulder surgery in December, is the world's richest jockey with a record of over $285 million in purses. With 8,605 victories through 2003, he ranks third on the all time list of races won behind Laffit Pincay Jr. and the late Bill Shoemaker.

The Ocala outreach ministry, formed last year, is the RTCA's first to handle farm workers. Led by president Dr. Sam Ferguson, DMV, the Ocala council hired Reverend Bob Miller as their first Chaplain last summer. Miller hopes to build a Resource Center in Marion County that will provide programs and services to aid area racing farm workers and their families.

The Ocala outreach ministry, formed last year, is the RTCA's first to racing farm workers. Led by president, Dr. H.O. "Sam" Ferguson, DVM, the Ocala council hired Reverend Bob Miller as their first Chaplain last summer. Miller hopes to build a Resource Center in Marion County that will provide programs and services to aid area racing farm workers and their families.

Tickets are $75.00 and tables of 10 are available for $1,000. Corporate Sponsorship Tables are $3,000. A viewing of the auction items is set for 5:30 p.m. Among those contributing sales items are Brook Ledge Inc, John Deere, Bayer Animal Health, and Fort Dodge & Merial.

The RTCA sanctions and oversees 48 chaplains who serve at 76 tracks and training centers.

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