SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The 12th annual jockeys-versus-horsemen charity basketball game, which benefits the programs of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy, will be played Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 at the YMCA in Saratoga Springs at 6:30 p.m. Previous editions were held at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center.

The game is one of the most popular events on the Saratoga social calendar and it routinely attracting more than 300 fans. Admission is free.

The jockey team will again be coached each year by Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr., with trainers Todd Pletcher and Kiaran McLaughlin coach the horsemen team. Mitch Levites of the NYRA television department will serve as the announcer for the game's 12th edition

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Tipoff for the 12th edition of the game is set for 6:30 p.m.

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

"Every year this game enables fans to see some of their favorite jockeys and trainers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere," said Humberto Chavez, the New York chaplain. "Besides all the fun the fans and players have, we are raising money for a great cause."

In addition to the action on the hardwood, the event will feature several raffles and promotional merchandise for sale.

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

Horsemen, individuals, or organizations who would like to procure sponsorships are encouraged to contact Nick Caras, the programs director for the chaplaincy, at 516-835-0275 or, or via

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