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Bailey Regains Position on Top of Jockeys' Standings

In 1999 and again in 2000, Jerry Bailey lost photo finishes to Pat Day for leading rider by North American earnings. In 2001, however, Bailey made sure the camera was not necessary by finishing a furlong ahead of his competition. By the time his 12-month rampage across the continent (plus the Dubai World Cup, UAE-I) was in the books, Bailey had absolutely shattered Gary Stevens' three-year-old record for earnings, his $22,597,720 besting the old mark by better than $4 million.

Leading Riders Heading to South Florida

Racing secretary Bob Umphrey reports that leading jockeys Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, and Jorge Chavez have committed to ride at Calder Race Course on Dec. 8, Grand Slam I Day, a program that will have four stakes races worth $100,000 each.

Include to Carry High Weight in Clark

Pimlico Special winner Include will be the starting highweight for Friday's 127th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap. Meanwhile, two more Churchill Downs-based horses have joined the list of prospective starters for the Clark. Mary and Gary West's Ubiquity, trained by Bill Mott, and Jim and Pat Bohanon's Trion Georgia will contest the race.

Bobble Head Mania Hits Churchill Downs

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In a scene that may have more closely resembled the Oklahoma land rush or the opening of the holiday shopping season, crowds flocked to Churchill Downs on Saturday to seize vouchers for the track's giveaway of the highly prized Pat Day Bobble Heads.

Nasty Storm Takes Raven Run

Showing good speed and maintaining it over seven furlongs, Nasty Storm made it two wins in a row with a powerful performance in Keeneland's $100,000-added Raven Run Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Wednesday afternoon.

Jump Start is Something in 'Special'

Overbrook Farm's homebred Jump Start, the 8-5 favorite in the Saratoga Special (gr. II), ran down a tiring Heavyweight Champ in the final 100 yards to win the $150,000 race by three-quarters of a length. It was 5 1/2-lengths back to third-place finisher Booklet.

Chavez to Ride Dollar Bill in Travers

Trainer Dallas Stewart said Wednesday night that Jorge Chavez will replace Pat Day aboard Dollar Bill in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes. Day, meanwhile, picked up the mount on Stonerside Stable's This Fleet is Due, who finished a fast-closing fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $1.5 Million Haskell Invitational Handicap.

Swan Named Acting Chairman of Jockey's Guild

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Quarter Horse jockey Tomey Jean Swan was named acting chairman of the board for the Jockeys' Guild Wednesday. Pat Day resigned as president of the organization June 21 after a contentious board meeting in which Matrix Capital Association was hired to manage the group's affairs. When Matrix was hired, the executive committee of the Guild fired all six staff members including national manager John Giovanni and all six regional managers (two were later rehired).

Unbridled Elaine Takes Iowa Oaks

Unbridled Elaine showed she still belongs among the best 3-year-old fillies in the country on Thursday when she easily won the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows by nearly nine lengths. On the same day, 13-1 longshot Elodare took the $75,000 Cyclone Stakes for Iowa-breds.

Day Resigns As Jockeys' Guild President

Citing philosophical differences with the organization, jockey Pat Day has resigned as president and as a member of The Jockeys' Guild. "There is a distinct philosophical difference that prohibits me from any longer being a part of the organization," Day told bloodhorse.com Tuesday.

Jockey Challenge Set For Friday

The NTRA All-Star Jockey Challenge is set for Friday as 12 of the nation's best Thoroughbred race rider's return to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the popular four-race competition.

Belmont Park Race Report: Storybook Finish

Groom Sean Coulthard seemed to be waiting in ambush, as he stood in barn 2, stall 18, rubbing down Exciting Story. Coulthard, it seems, knew who was going to win the $750,000 Metropolitan Mile Handicap (gr. I), which was to be run in about 2 1/2 hours. "Here's the best bet of the day," he said emphatically to an unsuspecting passerby.

Day Closes to Within Four Wins of 8,000

Pat Day visited the Churchill Downs winners' circle on four occasions Saturday to move to within four races of 8,000 career victories. The Hall of Fame rider is named to ride seven horses at the Louisville track Sunday, when he will seek to become the third jockey in North American racing to reach the 8,000-win plateau.

Trainers Took the Stage Tuesday; Pat Day Gives VIP Special Treatment

Since the horses can't talk, their connections had to speak for them at Tuesday night's annual Derby Trainers Dinner at Louisville's convention center. Wednesday morning, jockey Pat Day was continuing to enhance his reputation as one of the nicest guys in racing by accompanying Megan Bigg on the backside of the track. Bigg, a 16-year-old resident of Louisville, has had a kidney transplant and survived a type of cancer which resulted from the steroids she took to adjust to the new kidney. She is currently in remission.

Jockeys' Guild Can't Pay For Health Insurance

Members of the Jockeys' Guild will not be having a very funny April Fool's Day. On April 1, the family health insurance policy covering 800 Guild members will expire. Because of skyrocketing premiums, Jockeys' Guild national manager John Giovanni said there is not enough money in the association's budget to continue making the premium payment

Gulfstream Park Report: A Subtle Upset

They are all far too diplomatic to mention it, of course. Both Bill Mott and Pat Day spent the better part of 20 minutes, after the Mott-saddled Subtle Power capitalized on a rail-skimming ride from Day to win the Feb. 10 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT), denying that there was any special satisfaction that came from defeating Jerry Bailey on even-money Ciro.

Day Edges Bailey For Jockeys' Title

Two of North America's top jockeys ended 2000 in a neck-and-neck battle for leading rider by earnings, with Hall of Famer Pat Day eking out a slight advantage over perennial leader Jerry Bailey. According to Equibase statistics from North American racetracks and a handful of selected international races for 2000, Day's mounts earned $17,479,838, compared with $17,468,690 for Bailey.

Jocks' Race to the Wire

With a month to go in the 2000 racing season, less than $50,000 in purse earnings separates this year's top two jockeys, Pat Day and Jerry Bailey. According to Equibase figures through Sunday, Day's earnings total $17,395,963, followed closely by Bailey with $17,348,245. It is a long way back to Shane Sellers, in third with $14,639,828. With a paucity of big-purse races remaining, it is likely the riding race will go to the wire. Day also leads Bailey by number of wins -- 267 to 245 -- but Bailey has the better success rate as he has been successful with 27.3% of his 899 mounts this year, compared with Day's 22.1% win percentage from 1,209 rides. For complete standings, which can be sorted to show leaders by clicking on the desired column heading, go to Top Jockeys

Personal First Upsets Trippi

Recent Ellis Park allowance winner Personal First, sent off at 11-1, saved ground while pressing the early pace set by Disco Rico and Trippi before drawing off through the stretch to win the $110,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. III) by three lengths Friday at Saratoga.

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