FOH Tournament winner Tom Ludt is flanked by 2021 winner, FanDuel’s Dave Weaver and 2022 champ, Ethan Donnelly (Santa Anita Photo)
Tourney Benefits Spouses & Children Of Fallen Or Disabled Veterans
Memorial Day Card Competition Attracts Jockeys, Trainers, Owners & Fans
Santa Anita Press Box
ARCADIA, Calif.— Immediately following a tremendous three-day run of world class racing on Memorial Day, Monday, jockeys, trainers, owners and racing fans came together at Santa Anita to play in the track’s third annual Folds of Honor charity poker tournament, which resulted in more than $40,000 being raised to benefit spouses and children of disabled veterans.
“After a long and exhilarating weekend, it was fantastic to see this kind of support for our veterans and their families,” said Andrew Arthur, Santa Anita Director of Marketing. “Folds of Honor is a tremendous charity and we’re honored to be affiliated with them. We raised more money than we did last year and we’re confident this is something we can continue to build upon. Sincere thanks to everyone who participated, it was a lot of fun.”
Among those horseman and jockeys that participated were trainers Mark and Ryan Glatt, Doug O’Neill and Ryan Hanson. Jockeys attending were Geovanni Franco, Ricky Gonzalez, Edwin Maldonado and Jessica Pyfer.
“The Folds of Honor Foundation is proud to partner with once again on Memorial Day to Honor the Military and First Responder Families that we serve,” Greg Helm, on behalf of Folds of Honor. “The money raised will help to provide educational scholarships for the spoused and children of the men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.
“We are blessed by the support of the Santa Anita family and look forward to continuing to build on the relationship in the future.”
The tournament winner was former Breeders’ Cup Chairman, Tom Ludt.
“It was great to participate in this year’s Folds of Honor tournament,” said Ludt. “The tournament is a great way to finish up the Memorial Day weekend because it raises money for military families. It was a lot of fun and I was very fortunate to get the right cards at the right time…Wonderful event and a great time. I’ll be back next year to defend my bracelet.”
Live racing will resume with first post time for a nine-race card on Friday at 1 p.m. Santa Anita’s current Hollywood Meeting will conclude on Sunday, June 18.