08/21/2006 11:00PM

Induction a Day-to-Day affair

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jim Day, who has been voted Canada's outstanding trainer on four occasions, and Pat Day, the retired rider who is considered to be one of the all-time greats of his profession, will stage a brief reunion on Thursday evening at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony.

Day, the trainer, will be one of 11 new members feted by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame at the nearby Mississauga Convention Centre and will be presented with his congratulatory diamond ring by Day, the jockey, who will be a guest speaker at the dinner gala.

Pat Day was the regular rider of Dance Smartly and Sky Classic, both of whom were trained by Jim Day and were Eclipse Award winners in 1991 and 1992, respectively.

Dance Smartly and Sky Classic, both owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm, preceded their trainer into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Jim Day, 60, still trains horses at Woodbine and will be one of five new inductees into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's Thoroughbred division.

Steve Stavro, a prominent owner, breeder, and industry representative who died this spring, was voted into the builder's category.

Stavro, winner of Sovereign Awards as champion owner and breeder in 1992, raced as Knob Hill Stable, and his operation continues at Woodbine under the name of his estate.

Knob Hill's homebred champions included Benburb and Thornfield, Canadian horses of the year in 1992 and 1999, respectively.

Lauries Dancer, Canada's horse of the year in 1971, and Bold Ruckus, one of Canada's all-time leading sires, also will be honored, having received at least 75 percent of the vote from the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's 16-member selection committee, who chose from a list of names provided by the nominating committee.

Lauries Dancer's victories included the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga, the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks and the Canadian Oaks at Woodbine.

Bold Ruckus, who died in 1996, was Canada's leading sire for 10 consecutive years, from 1990 through 1999.

David Cross, who trained 1983 Kentucky Derby winner, Sunny's Halo, has been inducted by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's veterans committee.