May 28, 1988
If trainer Woody Stephens thought that the only chance he had of winning the Preakness was to beat Winning Colors, well and good. But if he gave instructions to Pat Day to carry her wide and bump her, that is something else. As for Pat Day, whether he was riding to instructions from Woody or not, he impeded Winning Colors, and for his unsportsmanlike ride he should draw a fine or suspension. BOB HEBERT Los Angeles
March 2, 1991 |
Pat Day became the sixth jockey whose mounts earned more than $100 million when he rode Wild Sierra to a second place finish in Friday's first race at Oaklawn Park. Day joined Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay Jr., Angel Cordero Jr., Jorge Velasquez and Chris McCarron as the only riders to reach the milestone. Day, who is closing in on his ninth consecutive Oaklawn riding title, is the only jockey to ride more than 100 winners in a single Oaklawn season.
January 24, 1994 |
Pat Day became the 10th rider to win 6,000 races, in the first race at Oaklawn Park on Sunday. Day, 40, rode Miss Popsnorkle to a six-length victory. She paid $12. Day, who has won four Eclipse Awards, won No. 5,000 on Nov. 22, 1990, at Churchill Downs aboard Pete Vestal-trained Screen Prospect. Vestal also trained Miss Popsnorkle. Day's 4,000th victory came March 29, 1988, at Oaklawn. Day rode three winners on Friday, opening day at Oaklawn.
May 24, 1996 |
A few days before the Preakness, trainer Nick Zito was having trouble believing he had actually backed into the services of Pat Day for Louis Quatorze. "This is a legitimate Hall of Fame jockey," Zito said. "He's one of the great ones, and he hasn't lost a step. I got chills when I heard that he was available." Zito might have heard sooner if Day's agent, Doc Danner, had a phone.
June 4, 2005 |
Pat Day rode the first of his nearly 8,800 winners in 1973. Fifteen years later -- the 15 years a jockey must ride before he is eligible -- Day was still not listed on the Racing Hall of Fame ballot, despite obvious qualifications. By 1990, I suggested to a fellow member of the hall's nominating committee that Day ought to be considered. But the ballot came out, and Day still wasn't on it. "How come?" I asked, not having to feign incredulity.
April 24, 2004 |
Trainer Jeff Mullins, who could win two Gold Rush Day races at Hollywood Park with Summer Wind Dancer in the $150,000 B. Thoughtful and Beau Soleil in the $150,000 Tiznow, has another live runner in the main event on the Bay Meadows program today. Captain Squire, who ended an eight-race losing streak with a wire-to-wire win March 19 at Santa Anita, moves back into graded stakes company in the $150,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile.
May 10, 2003 |
A week before the Preakness, the colt some believe may turn out to be the best member of the 3-year-old class will make his fourth career start in the $500,000 Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Dynever, a son of Dynaformer, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race, which is a Grade III, as he tries for his third win. Owned by Catherine Willis and Peter Karches and trained by Christophe Clement, Dynever, one of 13 entered, will be ridden by Edgar Prado.