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"I had many wonderful experiences during my 32 years as a thoroughbred jockey but my work with the chaplaincy is decidedly more rewarding and fulfilling. Thank you sponsors, partners, and supporters from every corner of this ministry. God bless!"

- Pat Day

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COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted


The Race Track Chaplaincy of America is hosting a golf tournament at the Champion Trace Golf Club in Lexington, Kentucky on Monday, October 4th. Proceeds will support the network of RTCA Chaplains nationwide. The format is a four-person scramble which will start at 1PM with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $135 per player. There are hole sponsorships available for $250 which includes signage on the hole and recognition for the sponsor on social media and printed materials. The registrations for entries and sponsorships can be made on the Race Track Chaplaincy of America website ( For more information, please click on the” RTCA Golf” tab. You can also contact RTCA at 859-410-7822.

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We serve most of the major race tracks in Kentucky as well as one in Ohio

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Year-round, interdenominational ministry services for race track workers

The Ministry

Chaplains began serving at Kentucky race tracks about 50 years ago with the founding in 1972 of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, a non-profit interdenominational organization. As the ministry grew, the Kentucky division of the chaplaincy was formally established in 1989. Today, the interdenominational ministry has chaplains serving at Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Turfway Park, Kentucky Downs and Belterra Park (Southern Ohio) race tracks as well as various thoroughbred training centers in Kentucky.

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