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Pat Day and Sandy Hawley to appear at Canterbury Park


August 15, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Shakopee, MN -- Top North American jockeys Pat Day and Sandy Hawley will be featured at a fundraising dinner to be held Saturday, August 20 at Canterbury Park.
Day is a Colorado native and started his career as a rodeo cowboy, but because of his height of 4'11" and weight of 100 lbs. was persuaded to become a jockey. This proved to be a perfect choice for him, as he retired with 8,803 career victories, fourth on the all-time win list, and $297,941,912 in earnings, the most of any jockey to date. His biggest career win came in the 1992 Kentucky Derby on longshot Lil E. Tee who rallied seven wide and drew away to a shocking victory. He also holds the record for earnings in Breeders' Cup races of $22,913,360 with 12 wins, second most of any jockey.

Hawley started his career in 1966 as a 17-year-old boy, hot walking horses at a Toronto racetrack. Overall, his career as a jockey spanned 31 years from 1968 to his retirement on July 1, 1998. Hawley had 31,455 mounts, garnering 6,449 wins and captured 18 Woodbine riding titles, 13 Fort Erie meets, nine Greenwood championships, nine Ontario titles, and eight Canadian honors. Hawley was decorated with the Order of Canada, the country’s highest individual civilian honor for outstanding accomplishments by a citizen. Hawley scored his five thousandth career win aboard Mighty Massa on June 27, 1986 at Canterbury Downs, and was Canterbury’s leading rider in 1985. Sandy Hawley was inducted into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame in 1986, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1992, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Day and Hawley will make presentations for the Dean Kutz Memorial Chapel Kickoff, an event staged to raise funds for the chapel named after Canterbury Hall of Fame jockey Dean Kutz. Construction for the chapel is set to begin next year. The dinner will begin at 7 pm followed by a program by the nationally renowned jockeys. Tickets are available for $50 per person. For information contact Larissa Bartram at (612) 749-1148.

On Sunday August 21 both Day and Hawley will sign autographs for donations to the Dean Kutz Chapel building fund.