Jockeys know how to warm up their mounts, but they're also warming up their vocal cords in Saratoga and Del Mar in advance of the third annual “Riders Up! Battle of East-vs-West” jockey karaoke contests to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).The Saratoga jockeys are first out of the gate Sunday, July 31 at Vapor Night Club.
NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin will emcee, and this year's judges are LRE Racing, racehorse owner Lee Einsidler, trainer Graham Motion, New York Racing Association Fox Sports host Laffit Pincay III, and founder of Barstool Sports, Dave Portnoy. The Del Mar jockeys will try to outdo their east coast rivals at Belly Up Aug. 7. TVG host Mike Joyce will emcee with judges Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO, Joe Harper and TVG host Todd Schrupp.
Both contests will be streamed live via PDJF's Facebook page and after the judges on each coast name their favorite performance, the public will vote for their favorite online via Facebook and Twitter.
General admission tickets (includes one drink coupon) for each person are $75 with 7:45p.m. entry to Vapor Night Club and 7:45p.m. entry to Belly Up. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at each venue for $150 which includes early entry 6:00p.m. local time at both venues, open reserved seats, two drink coupons, and a buffet dinner with the jockeys. Performances are scheduled to begin at 8:00p.m. local time. Both events feature live and silent auctions and a cash bar. Patrons must be 21 years of age or older to enter the premises. Tickets are now on sale.