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Pat Day
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    (October 13, 1953- )
    Born in Brush, Colorado
    8,803 career wins
    Won a record 2,481 races at Churchill Downs
    Won one Kentucky Derby (1992), five Preakness Stakes (1985,1990,1994-96) and three Belmont Stakes (1989,1994,2000)
    Four time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (1984,1986-87,1991)
    Set a career earnings record of $297,941,912
    Inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame (1991)
    He initially tried unsuccessfully to be a rodeo bull rider before being told that at his height and weight (4'11, 100 pounds) he would be a natural as a jockey.
    In the late 70s and early 80s, he abused booze and cocaine, got into fights with other jockeys, and was frequently suspended.
    His own mother noted, 'He had such a temper. He would throw things, blame everyone but himself.'
    He became 'born again' as a result of watching Jimmy Swaggart on his hotel room's TV set late at night (January, 1984).
    He was state high school wrestling champ in his weight class.
    After being born again, he gave up alcohol and drugs and mellowed so much his wife said, 'His attitude was so different, I thought they had switched guys on me.'
    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, 'Pat has a sixth sense about how much horse he has and what he can do with that horse.'
    Asked if he was disappointed that he won only one Kentucky Derby (in 22 races), he replied 'To have regrets over my career would be to ignore the many good things I have been blessed with.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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