New York Race Track Chaplaincy announces The Return of the Charity Basketball Game

July 30, 2021

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The 13th annual jockeys-versus-horsemen charity basketball game, which benefits the programs of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy, will be played Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. 

The game, which was not able to be played last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of the most popular events on the Saratoga social calendar and it routinely attracts more than 300 fans. Admission is free.

The jockey team will again be coached by Hall of Fame jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., with trainer Todd Pletcher and agent Kiaran McLaughlin coaching the horsemen team. Mitch Levites of the NYRA television department will serve as the announcer and provide lively commentary.

Proceeds from this event serve to benefit signature programs of the NY Race Track Chaplaincy.

“We are delighted to be able to play the game this year,” said Humberto Chavez, the New York Chaplaincy lead chaplain and executive director. “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.” 

Fans will be able to participate in raffles and one lucky fan will leave with a custom, autographed bobblehead of champion jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.

The NY Race Track Chaplaincy provides the backstretch community with children’s enrichment, social service, and recreational programs, as well as educational opportunities , and non-denominational religious services.

Horsemen, individuals, or organizations who would like to sponsor the game may do so via the NY Chaplaincy website at or by contacting Eleanor Poppe at or 516-428-5267. 

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