Pat Day

Jockey Pat Day

Full Name: Patrick Alan Day
Profession: Jockey

United States of America

Biography: Pat Day is a National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame jockey with an illustrious 32-year career spanning 1973 to 2005. Known as a patient rider he often came with late runs in big spots and had a reputation for saving horse for the stretch.

Day rode winners of American Triple Crown races 9 times - Kentucky Derby 1992; Preakness Stakes 1985, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996; and Belmont Stakes 1989, 1994, 2000. This ranks only behind Eddie Arcaro's 17 wins and Bill Shoemaker's 11.

Day also won 12 Breeders' Cup races including the prestigious Breeders' Cup Classic 1984, 1990, 1998, 1999 and earned the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1991.

He was US Champion Jockey by wins on 6 occasions and US Champion Jockey by earnings twice with career purses totalling $298m.

Born: October 13, 1953
Birthplace: Brush, Colorado, USA
Age: 69 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Libra

Historical Events

  • 1985-05-18 110th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4
  • 1989-06-10 121st Belmont: Pat Day aboard Easy Goer wins in 2:26
  • 1990-05-19 115th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6
  • 1991-03-01 37 year-old Pat Day becomes the 6th jockey in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rides Wild Sierra to 2nd-place in the 1st race at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas
  • 1992-05-02 118th Kentucky Derby: Pat Day aboard Lil E Tee wins in 2:03
  • 1994-05-21 119th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4
  • 1994-06-11 126th Belmont: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 2:26.8
  • 1995-05-20 120th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Timber Coutry wins in 1:54.4
  • 1996-05-18 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2
  • 2000-06-10 132nd Belmont: Pat Day aboard Commendable wins in 2:31.20
  • 2005-08-04 American Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day (52) announces his retirement from the saddle; $298m in career purses

Biographies and Sources

  • Pat Day - National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

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