Champion Jockeys Featured in NY Chaplaincy Roundtable

“Champions Talk” roundtable | Skip Dickstein

The New York Race Track Chaplaincy (NYRTCA) will host a 2021 edition of a roundtable discussion featuring retired riders Ángel Cordero, Jr., Chris McCarron, Richard Migliore, and Jorge Velásquez on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. ET. Entitled “Champions Talk,” the event will be moderated by retired NYRA announcer Tom Durkin and will be shown on TDN's YouTube channel, the NYRTCA's YouTube channel, and Facebook live @race.ny, as well as in other locations.

The conversation, which ranges from the serious to the humorous, will primarily be reflections about the riding careers of the four jockeys who collectively won more than 25,000 races. It was recorded at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga sales pavilion in late July with approximately 150 attendees. In addition, current rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. was honored for his support of the NY Chaplaincy.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended, contributed, or participated in this unique event,” said Humberto Chavez, the NYRTCA executive director and lead chaplain. “They all helped raise much-needed funds that will improve the quality of life for our backstretch community.”

The discussion was produced by the Patty Wolfe Media Group. For more information or to make a contribution, visit or contact Eleanor Poppe at [email protected].

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