Christian Jockey Pat Day to Speak in Chapel
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University will feature Pat Day, an award-winning jockey with more than 8,800 wins to his name, on March 18 during Chapel at the historic Hughes Auditorium. Chapel is free and open to the public.
Day retired in 2005 after a career for the record books. He was inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1991, won the Eclipse Award for leading jockey in 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1991, received the George Woolf Memorial Award in 1985 and received the Mike Venezia Memorial Award in 1995. He is also a past president of the Jockey's Guild.
Since he retired, Day has continued to be a presence on the racetrack through his ministry to jockeys and other people involved in racing.
“I didn’t know our Lord in a personal, intimate way for the first 10 years of my career,” he said. “I was taking full credit for my success, and I had a tremendous lack of appreciation for what was happening. When I accepted Christ into my heart, I realized the talent and ability I had was God-given, and I was being given opportunity to showcase this talent.
“Since I retired, everything is ministry related,” he continued. “I do minister to the jockeys and the people in racing, but I share with the people at the coffee shop and the grocery store, too. I see the whole world as a mission field.”