04/23/2003 12:00AM

Day's injuries from fall minor


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day was transported to a local hospital for precautionary X-rays after being thrown from his mount, Nut Lovin, during the running of the third race Wednesday at Keeneland.

Day sustained contusions of the neck and shoulder after falling from Nut Lovin, but was expected to ride Thursday, his agent, Doc Danner, said Wednesday evening. Nut Lovin, a first-time starter trained by Mike Machowsky, was bumped off stride leaving the 4 1/2-furlong chute, causing Day to lose his balance.

Day, 49, is easily the all-time leading rider in Keeneland history. Entering the Wednesday card, he and Robby Albarado were involved in a tight battle for the riding title at the spring meet, which ends Friday.

Day is scheduled to ride Ten Most Wanted in the May 3 Kentucky Derby.