Saratoga Jocks to Help Fallen Riders

NY jockeys are prepared to sing out in support of their fallen comrades.

New York jockeys are prepared to take to a stage and sing out in support of their fallen comrades.

The “Riders Up!” jockey karaoke competition will be held Monday, Aug. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Vapor Night Club inside Saratoga’s harness racing track, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The popular event features members of the Saratoga jockey colony belting out crowd favorites backed by a live band.

“This is a fun event for us and for the fans,” said Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez. “We let loose and have a good time.  We don’t mind a little embarrassment because it’s all for a great cause: to raise funds for the permanently disabled jockeys. It’s a competition but the real winner is the PDJF.

“We’re super competitive on the racetrack but we try to outdo each other in the karaoke contest, too. Some of the guys have even started to wear costumes and wigs. Each year we do this it seems to be a bigger deal than the last.”

Jockeys have sung karaoke at PDJF fundraisers at both Saratoga Race Course and Keeneland.

Among the jockeys scheduled to compete are: Junior Alvarado, Javier Castellano, David Cohen, Ramon Dominguez, Alan Garcia, Julien Leparoux, Mike Luzzi, Rajiv Maragh, Rosie Napravnik, Edgar Prado, Joel Rosario, and Maylan Studart.

Advance tickets are $100 and are available at Tickets include passed hors d’oeuvres (from 6:00-7:30 p.m.), cash bar, a silent auction, open microphone, and dancing. Vapor Night Club is located inside Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 342 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Patrons must be 21 years of age or older to enter the premises.