Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin invite Kentuckians to participate in the 51st Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast being held Tuesday, February 7th at the Frankfort Convention Center beginning at 7:00 am.
The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is a long-standing tradition in Kentucky dating back to 1965 and includes representatives of all three branches of government. Each year, this ecumenical gathering provides Kentuckians with an opportunity to give thanks for our blessings and ask for strength to lead our Commonwealth toward a better future.
Providing the keynote address this year will be Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day.
Growing up in Brush, Colorado, Day dreamed of becoming a rodeo cowboy. His dream of making a living riding horses came true, but not as he might have expected. Day had his first Thoroughbred winner in 1973 at Prescott Downs in Arizona and became one of America’s most successful Thoroughbred jockeys of all time. Day established numerous records while based in Kentucky, where his is the all-time leading rider at both Churchill Downs and Keeneland. While riding in Illinois, he once had eight winners in one afternoon at Arlington Park, and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas he won 12 consecutive riding titles. Day’s accomplishments in the Breeders’ Cup include 12 wins and 17 seconds from 117 mounts. He retired as the leading money-winning Breeders’ Cup jockey with earnings of $23 million. Day retired in 2005 with career earnings of $297,912,019, which ranks No. 1 all time. He ranks fourth in career victories with 8,803. Day led North American riders in wins six times and earnings twice. He won the Eclipse Award in 1984, 1986, 1987, and 1991, and was presented the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1985. Pat Day was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1991.
The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast includes the presentation of the William Cooper Award, which is given annually to the Kentuckian or group of Kentuckians who embody the heart of the Commonwealth, working tirelessly in service to others with a motivation of faith and leaving a lasting impact.
Doors will open for the prayer breakfast at 7:00 am. Eastern time, and the program will begin at 8 a.m. Single event tickets are $10 each and are available at the door.