Some leading current and retired jockeys will test their karaoke skills against each other during an April 17 talent competition at the Keeneland Entertainment Center. The event, titled "Riders Up!," will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund of the Jockeys’ Guild.
Among the active jockeys scheduled to compete in the talent contest are Robby Albarado, Javier Castellano, Eibar Coa, Jon Court, Brian Hernandez, Jamie Theriot, and John Velazquez. Retired jockeys set to take part include Jerry Bailey, Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, Chris McCarron, Earlie Fires, and Patricia Cooksey.
The talent competition will be judged by celebrity judges from the music and racing industries as the riders are accompanied by an “all-star” band and backup singers. Among the judges will be Eddie Montgomery of the country music duo Montgomery and Gentry. The event will be emceed by actress Laura Bell Bundy, a Lexington native.
The casual event will also include a “Bayou Meets the Bluegrass” buffet and cash bar.
The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund currently assists 60 jockeys who have suffered catastrophic injuries.