The five finalists for the 2010 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award include Calvin Borel, Garrett Gomez, Randall Meier, Gallyn Mitchell and DeShawn Parker, Santa Anita announced Wednesday. The winner, chosen by a vote of their peers, will be announced in January.
Presented annually since 1950, the Woolf is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in thoroughbred racing. The candidates are judged by their careers and personal character. The winner’s trophy is a replica of the life-size statue of Woolf that sits in Santa Anita’s paddock garden.
Woolf died following a spill at Santa Anita on Jan. 13, 1946. He was regarded as one of the country’s top jocks and was known as “The Iceman.” He was recognized by his peers and media members for being a tough competitor and true professional.