07/10/2003 11:00PM

Pincay's record run gets tribute


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Some of the biggest names in racing will be on hand Sunday at Hollywood Park to pay tribute to Laffit Pincay Jr., the Hall of Fame rider who retired in late April with more winners - 9,530 - than any other jockey.

Pincay, 56, retired from a riding career of nearly 39 years after suffering fractures to his neck and back in a fall during a race on March 1 at Santa Anita, and Sunday's program has been in the planning stages since then. A 30-minute ceremony for Pincay will be held in the winner's circle after the sixth race.

The ceremony will include many of Pincay's contemporaries, both active and retired. Appearing in pairs to make presentations will be Eddie Delahoussaye and Chris McCarron, who retired in the past year; Jerry Bailey and Pat Day, representing riders across the nation; Alex Solis and Gary Stevens, representing California riders; and Angel Cordero Jr. and Jorge Velasquez, both of whom rode against Pincay earlier in his career.

Richard Mandella will speak on behalf of trainers and will be joined in the winner's circle by Peter Eurton, Paddy Gallagher, Ron McAnally, and Bill Spawr. Burt Bacharach, representing horse owners, and Tim Smith, the commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, will also make presentations. Kurt Hoover and Mike Willman, Hollywood's television commentators, will be hosts for the ceremony.

Other tributes will include two short videos, once produced by Scott Eberle of Television Games Network and the other by California Horse Racing Board commissioner Alan Landsburg.

And Hollywood Park officials are planning a few other surprises.

Providing a backdrop for the ceremony will be four 20-foot posters depicting Pincay at various points of his career, including a black-and-white image of Pincay in the 1960's and another of him being carried on the shoulders of fellow riders in 1999 when he broke Bill Shoemaker's record for career winners with No. 8,834.

Pincay will appear from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the paddock area to sign autographs of a commemorative poster by the Daily Racing Form's Pierre Bellocq, who will also be present. The posters are free with admission.

Sunday's editions of the Daily Racing Form will include a special 48-page pullout section devoted to Pincay's career, and Sunday's Hollywood Park racing program will include a 16-page supplement on Pincay. Later, Pincay will present the trophy to the winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup.

The ceremony will be televised live on TVG, with a simulcast on Fox Sports West. Edited highlights of the ceremony will be shown during the Gold Cup program on espn2, between 5 and 6 p.m. Pacific.

Track officials were reluctant to project Sunday's crowd, but last year's Gold Cup program drew 20,015 people.

"This is one day that I hope we can get a lot people to come out and say thank you to Laffit," said Allan Gutterman, Hollywood Park's vice president of marketing. "From the grandstand to the turf club, everyone has benefited from Laffit's life in racing."