Pat Day may have retired from riding but he's not slowing down. The 2005 winner of The Big Sport of Turfdom Award is on a crusade, along with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, to help spread the good word on the nation's backstretches.
Arctic White turned four years old in 2003 and became the only Jockey Club registered white Thoroughbred stallion in North America. Thursday, he moved from Oregon to Kentucky to stand at Lexington's newest Thoroughbred farm, Shadow Mountain Stallions.
Jockey Mark Guidry, who started a horsemen's hurricane relief fund at Arlington Park earlier this month, left Chicago on Monday with a truckload of supplies for hurricane victims in and around Lafayette, Louisiana.
The Jockey Club Foundation, which assists needy individuals throughout the Thoroughbred racing industry, has made a $100,000 contribution to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts being spearheaded by two industry organizations.
With the help of Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Sandy Hawley, Canterbury Park and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America announced that nearly half of its $250,000 fundraising goal for a new chapel has been met.
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, racing's all-time money leading rider, has retired from the saddle and will assume a role in ministering to youth groups and assisting the Race Track Chaplaincy of America program.
United Tote and The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will host the "United Tote Backstretch Bonanza," a special event for backstretch workers, at Belmont Park Oct. 25 during the week of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
All Glory to God, a rare white Thoroughbred in training at San Luis Rey Downs in Southern California, will race to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, according to the colt's owners and RTCA officials.
Above and Beyond, a painting by noted Ocala, Fla. artist Sharon Crute, will be auctioned during the "Throwing Full Crosses" banquet to benefit Race Track Chaplaincy of America's Ocala Farm Ministry. The banquet will be held 6:30 p.m., March 19 at the Gallery Square, next to the Arthur Appleton Museum on Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.
Arlington Park president Cliff Goodrich announced Monday that the track's plans to build two new backstretch family housing facilities, originally scheduled to be completed in two phases over the next 17 months, has been accelerated into a new schedule that calls for both buildings to be ready for the start of the track's 2005 meet in May.
John Woodley, a jockey and exercise rider at Fairmount Park in southern Illinois was named the recipient of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award Thursday afternoon at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Through the efforts of more than 250 supporters, Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy raised $79,700 at "Call to the Post," its first major fundraising event Sept. 17 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The funds will be used to further the ministry of Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy, a division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
Pat Day began his "What a Difference a Day Makes" summer tour to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America July 20 at River Downs by riding in a few races in the afternoon and speaking during dinner in the clubhouse that evening.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will host the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Heroes Luncheon as one of its special events in conjunction with the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships there Oct. 30. The White Horse Heroes Luncheon is set for Oct. 28.
Veteran journalist Billy Reed has been hired by the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, where he will be working mainly with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority... The Race Track Chaplaincy of America and the Winners Federation have entered into a working relationship to coordinate their efforts in several areas to improve the lives of backstretch workers. The Race Track Chaplaincy of America was recently presented with the William H. May Award by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Don Dean, a Washington, D.C.-based corporate Congressional representative and Maryland Thoroughbred owner and breeder, was re-elected president of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America during the organization's National Chaplain's School and Convention Jan. 7-12 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Bluegrass Farms Chaplaincy, designed to meet the needs of horse farm workers in Central Kentucky, officially kicked off its program Jan. 14 with its first prayer breakfast at Keeneland during the January mixed sale. The chaplaincy hopes to line up 12 facilities to serve as "founding farms."