Santa Anita To Host Its Second ‘Folds Of Honor’ Poker Tourney May 29

May 27, 2022

ARCADIA, Calif.— In an effort to support the families of fallen or disabled American military veterans, Santa Anita Park will play host to a charity poker tournament to benefit the world-renowned “Folds of Honor” Foundation this Sunday following the races at 5:45 p.m.  Folds of Honor helps to bridge a financial gap facing more than one million dependents adversely affected by war.

The tournament will be staged near the top of the stretch in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace Conference Room on the second floor of the Grandstand.  Players will make a three hundred dollar charitable donation and be treated to a full night of No-Limit Texas Hold ’Em as well as a day at the races in Santa Anita’s Stretch Run Suites.

Santa Anita’s first Folds of Honor tourney this past October raised more than $50,000 and track officials are hoping to build on that success.

“We had great participation from horsemen and fans this past October and we’re hoping to do even better this Saturday,” said Santa Anita Vice President and General Manager Nate Newby.  “Memorial Day weekend is a time for reverence for millions of veterans and we’re proud to be able to honor them and their families.  This is a tremendous cause and we’re honored to have Folds of Honor back here at Santa Anita.”

For a $30 donation, fans can support Folds of Honor and receive an iconic “The Shoe Wants You” t-shirt, the image of which was originally used on a color poster honoring legendary Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker more than 50 years ago.

In addition to the t-shirt, the $30 charitable donation also includes admission, program, General Parking and a Challenge Coin featuring the Folds of Honor Foundation and Santa Anita Park.  Those wishing to purchase the Folds of Honor Challenge Coin separately may do so for a modest $10 donation.

“The folded flag is to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” said Folds of Honor Senior VP and former Tehran hostage POW Rocky Sickmann.  “It inspires us to help equip and educate their loved ones in need of our support.  Thank you to Santa Anita Park for embracing the call by honoring their sacrifice.”

FOLDS OF HONOR TOURNAMENT TO BEGIN AT 5:45 P.M., SUNDAY, MAY 29

–Players are encouraged to enter via Gate 8 off of Baldwin Ave., or Gate 3, off of Holly Ave.

$300 Donation for Buy-In Includes:  (Player guests can enjoy the event for $50)

–A day at the races in Santa Anita’s Stretch Run Suites

–A full night of No-Limit Texas Hold ’Em, including bounty prizes, splash pools and Champion’s Bracelet (for the winner).  Grand prizes to awarded to the top three finishers. 

–Drink Tickets

–Food Included

–Silent Auction

–A Challenge Coin

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

–Four Kings Hockey Game Tickets (on the glass)

–Four Suite Tickets for LA Chargers Football Game at So-Fi Stadium, with Parking

–A Day at the Races in Doug O’Neill’s Suite (for up to four people)

–Two-night stay for two at Le Meridien Hotel (must use before Dec. 18, 2022)

–Framed Secretariat Lithograph signed by Fred Stone

–Framed Native Diver Lithograph signed by Fred Stone

–Collector’s Item “The Shoe Wants You” T-Shirt signed by a Santa Anita Jockey

–Four Lower Level Dodger Game Tickets near the Dugout, with Parking

–Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal & Kobe Bryant Framed Picture, Signed by Magic Johnson

For additional information regarding the Santa Anita Poker Tournament to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation this Saturday, please visit santaanita.com/poker or call the Santa Anita Marketing Department at (626) 574-6384.

ABOUT THE STRONACH GROUP AND 1/STThe Stronach Group is a world-class technology, entertainment and real estate development company with Thoroughbred horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at the core.  The company’s consumer facing brand 1/ST (pronounced “First”) powers The Stronach Group’s forward-thinking 1/ST RACING1/ST CONTENT1/ST TECHNOLOGY1/ST EXPERIENCE, and 1/ST PROPERTIES businesses, while advocating for and driving the 1/ST HORSE CARE mission. 1/ST represents The Stronach Group’s continued movement toward redefining Thoroughbred horse racing and the ecosystem that drives it. 1/ST RACING drives the best-in-class horse racing operations at the company’s premier racetracks and training centers including: Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey Downs (California); Gulfstream Park – home of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center (Florida); the Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course – home of the legendary Preakness Stakes, Rosecroft Raceway and Bowie Training Center (Maryland). 1/ST CONTENT is the newly formed operating group for all of 1/ST’s media and content companies including: Monarch Content Management, Elite, GWS and XBTV. 1/ST TECHNOLOGY is horse racing’s largest racing and gaming technology company offering world-class products via its AmTote, Xpressbet, 1/ST BET, XB SELECT, XB NET, PariMAX and Betmix brands. 1/ST EXPERIENCE blends the worlds of sports, entertainment and hospitality through innovative content development, elevated national and local venue management and hospitality, strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and procurement development. 1/ST PROPERTIES is responsible for the development of the company’s live, work and play communities surrounding its racing venues including: The Village at Gulfstream Park (Florida) and Paddock Pointe (Maryland).  As the advocate for critical industry reforms and by making meaningful investments into aftercare programs for retired horses and jockeys, 1/ST HORSE CARE represents The Stronach Group’s commitment to achieving the highest level of horse and rider care and safety standards in Thoroughbred horse racing on and off the track. For more information, please visit www.1st.com.

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