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Belmont Jockeys to visit Ronald McDonald House

ELMONT, N.Y. – As part of an annual tradition before Saturday’s 141st running of the Belmont Stakes, eight of the best-known riders in New York will visit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Thursday morning to mingle with children and their families.

Dressed in their colorful riding silks, jockeys Maylan Studart, Alan Garcia, Rajiv Maragh, Javier Castellano, John Velazquez, Rudy Rodriguez, Edgar Prado and Amanda Casey will take a detour from Belmont Park to bring caps and goggles for all the children staying at the House, located in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Garcia, Maragh, Velazquez and Prado all will be riding in the 1˝-mile Belmont Stakes, in which Mine That Bird will try to add the prestigious “Test of the Champion” to his thrilling victory in the Kentucky Derby. Garcia will be aboard Charitable Man, second choice in the field of 10 three-year-olds, while Maragh will be aboard Brave Victory. Velazquez, who won the 2007 Belmont with the filly Rags to Riches, rides Dunkirk on Saturday and Prado, a two-time winner of the Belmont, will ride Mr. Hot Stuff.

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is a 'home-away-from home' for families who are caring for seriously ill children undergoing medical treatment in area hospitals. Located on the campus of Schneider Children's Hospital, the House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. Since opening in 1986, the House has served approximately 12,000 families from Long Island, the five boroughs, throughout the United States and abroad.


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