Sunday, March 1, 2009
The Santa Anita jockeys played the Holy Angels Varsity basketball team Thursday evening at La Salle High School in Pasadena, California. It was the 42nd annual game, which raises proceeds for the Holy Angels Athletic Department. Holy Angels is a Catholic elementary school just across Huntington Drive from Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia.
Jockeys participating in the game were David Flores, captain, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Isaias Enriquez, Corey Nakatani, Joe Talamo and Kayla Stra. In addition, Mike Smith and retired jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, Laffit Pincay Jr. and Gary Stevens lent support. The jockey team was coached by HRTV's Kurt Hoover.
The game is always a lot of fun to watch and very well attended. During half time, Nakatani represented the jockeys in a contest for the most free throws in three minutes, which he won with 27 successful shots.
The final score: Holy Angels 35, Jockeys 19.