Competition is always fierce in Saratoga in the summer, but perhaps nowhere as fierce as on the Vapor Night Club stage during the annual jockey karaoke contest. This year’s event, which benefits the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), will take place Monday, July 31 and is one of the highlights of the Saratoga social calendar.
The Saratoga jockeys, with special guests, try to outdo each other with hilarious costumes, makeup, and often key-bending singing and dancing. The onstage antics are complimented by live and silent auctions of racing memorabilia. Former NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin will again serve as emcee. Returning to the judges’ table this year are trainers Todd Pletcher and H. Graham Motion, with others to be announced soon.
“Our singing and acting get better every year, despite rumors to the contrary,” said PDJF board member and Hall of Fame inductee John Velazquez. “Our main goal is to have fun and raise some funds for and awareness of the plight of our disabled jockeys.”
Vapor Night Club is located inside Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 342 Jefferson Street, in Saratoga Springs. Tickets are now on sale at https://pdjf.org/purchaseTickets.php. General admission is $75 with 7:15 p.m. entry to the venue. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $150 which includes 5:30 p.m. entry, reserved seats close to the stage, and a buffet dinner with the Saratoga jockey colony. Performances are scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.. Everyone is invited to enjoy the live and silent auctions, dancing, and a cash bar. Patrons must be 21 years of age or older to enter the premises.
Event sponsors are also being sought; call 630-595-7660.