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NYRA Jockeys Luzzi and Studart to participate in MDA Gala & Benefit Auction

By Sean Morris | 01/05/2014 01:29 PM ET
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Jockeys Mike Luzzi and Maylan Studart will represent The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) on this year's Muscle Team for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2014 Muscle Team Gala & Benefit Auction, with doors opening to the public at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7 at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers.

The duo will join a collection of professional athletes from across the Metro-New York area on the 2014 Muscle Team. Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants and Quinton Coples of the New York Jets are among those that will be alongside Luzzi and Studart in putting their muscle behind finding a cure for neuromuscular diseases.

The annual event, now in its 17th year, is a high-profile sports dinner that pairs outstanding athletes with an MDA Buddy - a local child living with a muscle disease. The gala consists of a cocktail hour and dinner, as well as a chance to bid on unique auction items and to mingle with athletes, celebrities, and top business executives from the New York metropolitan area.

Studart, who won a race earlier this week at Aqueduct Ractrack with her MDA Buddy in attendance, will be participating in the event for the sixth time. More than $1 million is expected to be raised this year.

For tickets to the 2014 Muscle Team Gala & Benefit Auction or information about MDA's services, please call Caity Connolly at: 212-682-5272, or visit www​.nymuscleteam.org.