A Race from Substance Abuse to Redemption

While he may be best known for his stellar racing career, being a Christian ranks first with Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day.

From a humble start as a rodeo bull rider in his native state of Colorado, Day has raced to more than 8,800 wins since his first thoroughbred victory in 1973.  But his biggest race occurred off the track when he finally overcame problems with alcohol and drugs that were threatening his success and very life.

Day has made no secret of his struggles with substance abuse that began in the late 1970s during his rapid rise to the top of the national standings and top rider at Churchill Downs.  In 1984, Day became a Christian and has been involved with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America since his conversion.

Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day is the guest speaker for the 7th Annual Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner on September 4th. (Photo courtesy of www.ccuniversity.edu)
Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day is the guest speaker for the 7th Annual Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner on September 4th.
(Photo courtesy of www.ccuniversity.edu)

“Despite my success, there was a void in my life that I tried to fill with drugs and alcohol.  Christ removed the chains of addiction from me, and I have found the joy, the peace and the contentment that ultimately we’re all looking for in my relationship with Him.”

Day will share his story as guest speaker of the 7th Annual Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner to benefit Prodigal Ministries on Thursday, September 4 at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville.  Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10.

For tickets, please send an email to reservations@ProdigalKy.org, or call 502.386.1473.