Jockeys sing and perform for a good cause

The seventh annual Saratoga Jockey Karaoke Contest was held July 31 at Vapor Night Club, a plush and posh live music venue at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Over 500 people enjoyed the musical (and often whimsical) performances of Saratoga’s jockeys and other special guests and raised about $125,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

“This event would not be possible without the jockeys who each year take it to a new level in their singing and performances for the crowd, all for a good cause,” said Nancy LaSala, president of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. “There are not many professional athletes who would put themselves out there to perform in front of such a large crowd, but these jockeys do it for their fellow jockeys whose lives are forever changed --- and they need our help.”

Audience members were from all walks of the horseracing industry, including ex-jockey, current trainer and PDJF recipient Andrew Lakeman. For those who were interested but could not attend, the event’s performances and interviews were livestreamed on Facebook. Ticketholders could also participate in the evening’s auction. Top items included a 143rd Kentucky Derby saddle signed by the Derby jockeys and a limited edition Derby trophy print signed by more than 60 living derby jockeys, trainers, and owners on behalf of the Triple Crown winners.

“We are so proud of this event and the excitement we get from those who call months in advance asking when we plan to host the event as they are planning their travel to Saratoga so that they can attend. We are also so thankful to how the community of Saratoga has embraced this event and our jockeys,” said LaSala. “A special thank you goes to our host of volunteers, our emcee Tom Durkin, our auctioneer Mike Joyce and our judges: trainers Todd Pletcher and Graham Motion and Vinnie Viola and Anthony Bonomo, owners of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.

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