05/28/2001 12:00AM

Day one win away from 8,000

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After riding three winners at

Churchill Downs Sunday, Pat Day is just one win away

from becoming just the third jockey in North American

racing history to hit the 8,000-win milestone.

Day is scheduled to have just one mount Monday:

Traditionally, the favorite in the Grade 1 Met Mile at

Belmont Park. Day's next scheduled day of action is

Thursday at Churchill.

After narrowly winning Sunday's eighth race aboard

odds-on favorite Buckle Down Ben ($3.80), Day finished

seventh with his final mount of the day, Cocktails and

Lies, the 3-2 favorite in the ninth and featured race.

That race was won by Jake the Flake, a 7-1 shot ridden

by Jon Court.

Day's two winners from his five previous mounts Sunday

came on Musical Score ($4) in the second and Mountain

Range ($6) in the fifth. He also finished fourth on

Country Marquet in the third; second on Star

Attraction in the fourth; and second on Unfurled in

the seventh.

Day won four races Saturday to get to 7,996.

When he wins his 8,000th, Day, 47, will join Laffit

Pincay Jr., who through Saturday had ridden 9,150

winners, and Bill Shoemaker (8,833) as the only

jockeys to reach the coveted plateau.