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Silks Autographed by Jockeys to be Auctioned for Charity

Silks embellished with Maker's Mark's signature red sealing wax design and autographed by this year's Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel and several other riders will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Mint Jubilee Charities.

Keeneland to Host Hall of Fame Jockey Day

Keeneland will host Hall of Fame Jockey Day Wednesday, April 18. The jockeys present to sign autographs at the event will be Pat Day, Chris McCarron, Gary Stevens, Steve Cauthen, Don Brumfield, Angel Cordero, Jr., Bobby Ussery, and Earlie Fires.

Veteran Trainer Werstler Dies in Tennessee

Charles R. (Chuck) Werstler, 86, the longtime trainer for Mary V. Fisher's Dixiana Stable, died April 5 in Hermitage, Tenn. For many years a resident of Miami Springs, Fla., he retired to the suburb of Nashville.

Churchill Unveils Statue of Pat Day

Churchill Unveils Statue of Pat Day

A bronze statue of Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day, his arms raised in triumph, was unveiled during a noon ceremony Sunday at Churchill Downs. The sculpture, created by Louisville artist Raymond Graf, was inspired by Day's victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Lil E. Tee.

Pat Day Sculpture to be Unveiled at Churchill

A life-size bronze sculpture of retired Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning jockey Pat Day is on schedule for a formal unveiling and dedication at Churchill Downs during the opening week of its Oct. 29-Nov. 25 fall meet. Day is the all-time leading rider at Churchill Downs and a member of Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame.

Madden to Serve as Honorary Chair at BGFC and TRF Benefit

The Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy Ladies Guild and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation announced that Anita Madden will serve as honorary chairperson at the groups' fundraiser to be held Oct. 9 at the Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate.

Kentucky Derby Museum Features Day Exhibit

The Kentucky Derby Museum announced the April 17 opening of its exhibit, "What a Difference a Day Makes," which features a retrospective look at the life and career of Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who retired last year. The exhibit will run through July 8.

Pat Day Accepts Big Sport of Turfdom Award

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.

Bailey to Retire Jan. 28; Will Join ABC/ESPN

Bailey to Retire Jan. 28; Will Join ABC/ESPN

Jerry Bailey, 48, North America's dominant jockey for more than a decade beginning in the early 1990s, announced his retirement from riding, effective Jan 28 after the Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream Park.

Pat Day to Receive 'Big Sport of Turfdom' Award

The Turf Publicists of America confirmed that reservations are still being accepted for the 40th annual "Big Sport of Turfdom" luncheon, when retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be honored with the award.

Industry Shows Appreciation for Day's Career

After more than 11,000 racing fans enjoyed "Pat's Day" at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon, horsemen gathered to honor the Hall of Fame jockey at a charity roast Saturday evening.

Gomez Receives Shoemaker Award for Breeders' Cup Success

Garrett Gomez, who rode Stevie Wonderboy and Artie Schiller to victory in the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, received the 2005 Bill Shoemaker Award for outstanding performance by a jockey on Breeders' Cup Championship day Sunday morning at Belmont Park.

Guild's Gertmenian Called 'Absolute Disgrace' in House Hearing

Guild's Gertmenian Called 'Absolute Disgrace' in House Hearing

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee looking at jockey health and welfare issues was sharply critical of current Jockeys' Guild management during a hearing on Tuesday that began with testimony from paralyzed rider Gary Birzer and ended with a comment calling Wayne Gertmenian's actions as Guild president and CEO an "absolute disgrace."

Churchill Downs To Salute Pat Day Nov. 12

Retired riding legend Pat Day, the all-time leading jockey at Churchill Downs and a member of racing's Hall of Fame, will be honored when the home of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) salutes his career and contributions to racing with a special "Pat's Day" celebration at the track Saturday, Nov. 12.

Keeneland to Salute Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day

Keeneland will honor its all-time leading jockey Pat Day with a day of festivities saluting the Hall of Fame rider's remarkable career on Oct. 13 - his 52nd birthday.

Day, Hawley Help in Canterbury Chapel Drive

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.

Due Day

By Dan Liebman - Countless times that patented Pat Day ride has been witnessed and marveled at--that uncanny ability to give a horse a breather on the turn for home so there would be enough in the tank for the stretch drive.

Day is Done: Hall of Fame Jockey Announces Retirement

Day is Done: Hall of Fame Jockey Announces Retirement

As the Churchill Downs bugler played "My Old Kentucky Home," an emotional Pat Day officially hung up his saddle today during a press conference at the Louisville, Ky. track, where he is the all-time leading rider with 2,481 wins, including 155 stakes wins.

Racing Industry Reacts to Day's Retirement

The decision by Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day to retire at age 51 elicited a variety of reactions from those with whom he has worked during his illustrious career.

Friends, Colleagues Reflect on Harthill's Life

Friends, Colleagues Reflect on Harthill's Life

When Dr. Alex "Doc" Harthill died July 16 at a Louisville, Ky. hospice of complications from pneumonia and a stroke at age 80, it marked the end of an era in veterinary medicine at Churchill Downs. Some of those within the racing community who knew him best reflect on Harthill's career.

Pat Day to Have Hip Surgery March 30

Pat Day, the all-time leading jockey in North America by earnings and fourth by wins, will undergo surgery on his right hip March 30 and may miss the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), a race he has ridden in the past 21 years.

Crute Artwork to be Auctioned at RTCA Benefit

Crute Artwork to be Auctioned at RTCA Benefit

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.

Zito Still Flying High Over Derby Trail

Zito Still Flying High Over Derby Trail

Thanks to High Fly's victory in the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) and Noble Causeway's stylish win in a $33,000 allowance, trainer Nick Zito is building a stockpile of Kentucky Derby contenders and crystallized his hold on favorite status for the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.

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