(Edited press release)
Keeneland will host Hall of Fame Jockey Day Wednesday, April 18. The following is a timeline of events, a list of participating jockeys, and career summaries about each jockey.
Timeline of Events
11-11:30 a.m.--Press conference with participating jockeys in the Sales Pavilion’s Limestone Café.
12:05-12:30 p.m.--Following the national anthem, Keeneland’s Jim Williams will host a question and answer session in the paddock with the jockeys. In the event of inclement weather, the Q&A will be moved to the area under the roof, paddock side, outside the Directors Room.
1:50 p.m. (following the second race)--Two photo opportunities in the winner’s circle with Hall of Fame jockeys, and that group with the current jockey colony. A video of this will be simulcast to television outlets.
2-4 p.m.--Autograph session with the public in the North Terrace. To get in line, fans will be charged a $5 fee, which includes an autograph book. All proceeds will be donated to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Charities’ Disabled Jockeys Fund. There will be a limit two items per patron in line (not per jockey). The jockeys will sign each of the items, and the signing will be limited to the first 400 patrons in line.
Keeneland Hall of Fame Jockey Day Career Highlights of Participants
--Pat Day, four-time Eclipse Award winner and Keeneland’s all-time leading rider, winner of the grade I Blue Grass (Taylor’s Special and Summer Squall), Kentucky Derby (Lil E. Tee), and Belmont (Easy Goer).
--Chris McCarron, Eclipse Award winner, two-time winner of the Kentucky Derby (Alysheba and Go For Gin) and five-time winner of the grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic (Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Alphabet Soup,and Tiznow twice).
--Steve Cauthen, champion jockey in both the U.S. and England, winner of the 1978 Triple Crown on Affirmed.
--Don Brumfield, second-winningest jockey at Keeneland behind Pat Day, in 1966 won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Native Street and the following day won the Kentucky Derby aboard Kauai King.
--Angel Cordero, Jr., two-time Eclipse Award winner, three-time Kentucky Derby winner (Cannonade, Bold Forbes and Spend a Buck) and two-time Preakness winner (Codex and Gate Dancer).
--Bobby Ussery, won the Kentucky Derby aboard Proud Clarion and the Preakness aboard Bally Ache.
--Earlie Fires, won Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes with Classy Cathy, the Spinster aboard Safe (both gr. I), and guided champion Buck’s Boy to wins in the Pan American (gr. II) and Fort McHenry Handicaps.