Robby Albarado is one of a handful of riders that will play in a charity basketball game at Saratoga Aug. 7.

Robby Albarado is one of a handful of riders that will play in a charity basketball game at Saratoga Aug. 7.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Jocks, 6th Graders Battle in Round Ball

In an effort to raise money for The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York has organized a basketball game between members of the Saratoga jockey colony and the Texas Titans, a 6th grade Texas-based AAU team.

Though the jockeys defeated the 5th graders last year, the boys are one year older, four inches taller, and ready for a rubber-match. The game will be held Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School, located at 1 Blue Streak Blvd., in Saratoga Springs.

The Texas Titans feature Grant Troutt, son of WinStar Farm co-owners Kenny and Lisa Troutt. The soon to be 6th graders placed second in the 2008 Division I AAU Boys Basketball National Tournament, making them the second best team in the country.

 The Titans will go toe-to-toe with the likes of jockeys Robby Albarado, John Velasquez, and Kent Desormeaux. This year, the jockeys will have two coaches, Billy Gillispie, coach of the University of Kentucky Wildcats, and Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher. 

Leading owners including Stonerside Stable, Circle E Racing, Padua Stables, IEAH Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds, WinStar Farm, Darley Stable, James Scatuorchio, Lael Stables, Earle Mack, Courtlandt Farms, and Mike Repole have each donated $5,000 to have their silks represented in what is anticipated to be a very entertaining event for an extremely important cause.  

“The organizer of the event, the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, is committed to helping the physical and spiritual needs of the people on the backside, and all the disabled jockeys definitely need our prayers, our time, and our generosity,” said Elliott Walden, Vice President of WinStar Farm.

All proceeds raised from this event will benefit The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Tax deductible donations can be made to the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Inc., P. O. Box 91640, Los Angeles, Calif. 90009.