Jockey Basketball Game for Charity Returns to the Spa

The Ortiz brothers at a previous year's game | Cathy Duffy

After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, the 13th Annual Charity Basketball Game featuring jockeys against horsemen will be held Wednesday, Sept. 1. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m., will benefit the programs of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy. Admission is free.

Hall of Famer Angel Cordero, Jr. will coach the jockey team, while 2021 Hall of Fame inductee Todd Pletcher will coach the horsemen team alongside trainer-turned-agent Kiaran McLaughlin. NYRA's Mitch Levites will do the announcing.

“We are delighted to be able to play the game this year,” said Humberto Chavez, lead chaplain and executive director of the New York Chaplaincy. “This is a cherished tradition, and everyone really missed it last year. The funds go to support the backstretch community and Saratogians are great supporters of those who take care of the horses behind the scenes.”

Raffle prizes for attendees will include an Apple watch and a custom, autographed Irad Ortiz, Jr. bobblehead. For more information or to sponsor the game, visit or call Eleanor Poppe at 516-428-5267.

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