Friday, May 29, 2015 (NEW HYDE PARK, NY) – On Friday, May 29th, jockeys from Belmont Park will ride into the hearts of families at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) as part of an annual partnership with the New York Racing Association (NYRA) – Jockey Day.

One week before the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, jockeys will travel to RMH-LI in New Hyde Park at 10:00 a.m. to mingle with children and families staying at the House. Clad in their colorful silks, the riders will pose for photographs and distribute gifts of personally autographed riding goggles and hats. This year’s participating jockeys include Eric Cancel, Angel Cruz, Javier Castellano, Manuel Franco, Fernando Jara, Jose Ortiz, Taylor Rice, Israel Rodriguez, Joel Rosario, John Valazquez and Andre Worrie.

“This is a great event for the children and families we serve,” said Matt Campo, RMH-LI Executive Director. “It is a fun day that everyone looks forward to. Meeting the jockeys is always an exciting opportunity for our resident families. We wish the jockeys the best of luck next week!”

The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing and is especially exciting his year because of American Pharoah’s potential of becoming the Triple Crown champion.

“The men and women of the New York Racing Association are proud to support the important work of Ronald McDonald House of Long Island,” said Lynn LaRocca, New York Racing Association Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer.

About the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is the 100th House of over 300 Ronald McDonald House programs worldwide. Located in New Hyde Park on the campus of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, the House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. For over 29 years, RMH-LI has been a home-away-from-home for over 20,000 families in the United States and more than 80 countries around the world who are dealing with the pain of having a child undergoing medical treatment at nearby hospitals. For more information about RMH-LI, log on to,,, and