|Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day to Make Charity
Appearance at Sam Houston Race Park on Friday, September 10
Pat Day, one of most successful jockeys in Thoroughbred racing, will
make a special appearance at Sam Houston Race Park on Friday, September
10, 2004 to benefit the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America.
Day, who was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1991, has won
over 8,200 races in his celebrated career. He has won nine Triple Crown
races and 12 Breeders' Cup victories, including four wins in the Breeders'
Cup Classic. Day, 51, is an ardent supporter of the Racetrack Chaplaincy
of America and is traveling to racetracks across the country to raise
funds for this respected non-profit organization.
Many racetracks across the country have a track chaplain; at Sam Houston
Race Park John Shumaker offers assistance to the horsemen, grooms, jockeys
and other individuals who make their living in racing. The various programs
include a Sunday morning worship service for horsemen and race patrons.
The Chaplaincy also provides clothing, blankets and food for backside
workers in need. Counseling is provided for spiritual, emotional and financial
needs, as well as for gambling, marital and drug and alcohol problems.
The Chaplaincy program, in conjunction with the racetrack, organizes special
Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for track workers who may be away from
their families during the holidays. On live race nights, the Chaplain
leads a prayer service for the jockeys, offering a reading and inspiration
for the men and women who courageously battle for each victory.
State and national horsemen's organizations fund the Racetrack Chaplaincy
Program. Twice a year, Sam Houston Race Park organizes a fundraiser with
a silent auction and other events to raise money. The track also donates
2% of its live on-track handle to fund the valuable and needed services
of the track Chaplaincy program.
Day will appear at a benefit luncheon with the proceeds to benefit the
Racetrack Chaplaincy program. He will also ride a charity match race during
the Friday evening card, competing against one of the leading riders at
Sam Houston Race Park.
"We are very grateful that Pat will take time from his riding commitments
to join us for this fundraising effort," said Chaplain Shumaker.
"We hope that racing fans will come out to meet Pat and help support
our many programs which assist our riders and backstretch workers."
For more information on Pat Day's appearance at Sam Houston Race Park
on Friday, September 10 or to purchase tickets for the benefit luncheon,
call (281) 807-8760.