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Jockey Pat Day wins Kentucky Derby, 1992

Posted on May 6, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Jockey Pat day celebrated his first — and only — Kentucky Derby win on May 2, 1992, at Churchill Downs. Day rode Lil E. Tee to an upset of 4-5 favorite Arazi, who was hailed as the second coming of Secretariat. Arazi finished eighth, the worst finish in Derby history by a favorite who was odds-on or less. Lil E. Tee was a star only in the barn of his owner, W. Cal Partee of Magnolia, Ark., and trainer Lynn Whiting of Louisville. In the week leading up to the race, he wasn’t even stabled in the Derby barns. Instead, he was kept with the rest of Whiting’s horses in an area well removed from the commotion that saw hundreds of people follow Arazi to the track each day. Day and Whiting weren’t reluctant to say during the week that they liked their colt’s chances. But so few people paid attention, while caught up in Arazi’s spell, that Lil E. Tee went to the post as the sixth betting choice. Day, a crowd favorite, is the all-time leading rider at both Churchill Downs and Keeneland. During his 32-year career, he won 21.3 percent of his races. He retired in 2005 with career earnings of $297,912,019, second all time. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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