Monday, March 30, 2009

Riders Up! For a Good Cause at Keeneland

Lexington, KY (March 30, 2009) – “American Idol” watch out.

On April 17, several Keeneland jockeys and retired riding legends will perform in Riders Up!, a karaoke-style talent competition presented by Keeneland and the Jockeys’ Guild to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Lexington’s own Tony-nominated actress Laura Bell Bundy will host the show.

Tickets are available for the event, which will be held at the Keeneland Entertainment Center and is open to the public. The evening will feature a “Bayou Meets the Bluegrass” buffet and cash bar.

Among the jockeys scheduled to perform are Robby Albarado, Jon Court, Brian Hernandez, Jamie Theriot and John Velazquez, along with retired legendary riders Jerry Bailey, Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, Chris McCarron, Earlie Fires and Patricia Cooksey.

A panel of celebrity judges from the music and racing industry will critique the jockeys as they perform with a live “all-star” band and back-up singers. Judges include Kentuckian Eddie Montgomery of the chart-topping country duo Montgomery Gentry and his wife, Tracy. The Montgomerys will be joined by Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas; DeAnn Stephens, radio host of 98.1 The Bull’s Moo Crew; and Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's Director of Sales who promises to add Simon Cowell-like critiques of the performances.

Tickets may be purchased online at for $50 (advance purchase only). Space is limited.

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