||Sam Houston Race Park to Host "A Match
Made in Heaven" with Hall of Fame rider, Pat Day
one of most revered 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. He will take on the leading American
Quarter Horse rider at Sam Houston Race Park in a Quarter Horse match
race entitled "A Match Made in Heaven".
Two prominent horsemen, Robert Nunnally and Jerry Windham, are sponsors
of the race between Day and the leading Sam Houston Race Park Quarter
Horse rider as of September 1. Danny Lavergne is the current leader with
91 wins to 77 held by J. R. Ramirez. The race, to be contested at 400-yards,
will match progeny of Streakin La Jolla, owned by Nunnally against Runaway
Winner, a stallion owned by Windham. The event will be run as the eighth
race of the September 10 card, with $10,000 to the winner. It will be
a pari-mutuel race with fans able to make win wagers on "A Match
Made in Heaven".
"We appreciate the generousity of Mr. Nunnally and Mr. Windham
in sponsoring this race," said Eric Johnston, Sam Houston Race Park
"Everyone at Sam Houston Race Park is looking forward to Pat Day's
visit and his participation in the match race. It will be exciting for
our fans as well as a wonderful way to raise money for the Racetrack Chaplaincy."
Prior to his participation in "A Match Made in Heaven", Day
will attend a dinner to benefit the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America in
the San Jacinto Suite at Sam Houston Race Park. Tickets are available
to the public for $50 and can be ordered by calling Chaplain John Shumaker
at (281) 807-7236.
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. The various programs
offered by the Racetrack Chaplaincy include a Sunday morning worship service
for horsemen and race patrons. Counseling is provided for spiritual, emotional
and financial needs, as well as for gambling, marital and drug and alcohol
problems. The Chaplaincy also provides clothing, blankets and food for
backside workers in need. 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.