Santa Anita's 'Folds of Honor' Raises Over $40K for Charity

Tom Ludt, middle, with former winners Dave Weaver and Ethan Donnelly  Courtesy Santa Anita

After racing on Memorial Day, jockeys, trainers, owners, and racing fans played in Santa Anita's third annual 'Folds of Honor' charity poker tournament, which raised more than $40,000 to benefit spouses and children of fallen or disabled veterans.

“After a long and exhilarating weekend, it was fantastic to see this kind of support for our veterans and their families,” said Santa Anita Director of Marketing Andrew Arthur. “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 the horseman who participated were trainers Mark Glatt, Ryan Glatt, Doug O'Neill, and Ryan Hanson; and jockeys Geovanni Franco, Ricky Gonzalez, Edwin Maldonado, and Jessica Pyfer; while 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.”

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