Two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Ramon Dominguez has been
selected by a vote of his fellow jockeys nationwide as the 63rd
winner of the prestigious Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. It
is expected Dominguez will fly west to Santa Anita from his Florida base at
Gulfstream Park in mid or late March to accept the award.
The Woolf Award honors riders whose careers and personal
character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred horse
Retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who won the Woolf
Award in 1996, made the announcement from Santa Anita’s winner’s
circle on HRTV Sunday afternoon.
Dominguez, a 35-year-old native of Venezuela, outran fellow finalists Corey
Lanerie, Martin Pedroza, DeShawn Parker and (Gary’s older brother) Scott Stevens to
win one of racing’s most coveted awards.
leading jockey by number of wins in 2001 and 2003, Dominguez has won
back-to-back Eclipse Awards as North America’s
champion jockey in 2010 and 2011. In addition to these honors, Dominguez won
the Isaac Murphy Award in 2004 for having the highest win percentage among
Dominguez has two Breeders’ Cup wins to his credit,
winning the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf with Better Talk Now and most
recently, the 2011 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile this past November
at Churchill Downs with Hansen.
Born Nov. 24, 1976 in Caracas,
Venezuela, Dominguez began
riding at Hialeah Park in Florida
in 1996. He has become a dominant force in New York, with 13 NYRA riding titles to his
credit, dating back to 2007-08.
The Woolf Award was created to honor and memorialize the
legendary jockey George “The Iceman” Woolf, who was regarded as one
of the greatest big money riders of his era and who died following a spill on
Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946. The Woolf trophy is a
replica of the full-size statue of the late jockey which adorns Santa
Dominguez resides in New
York with his wife Sharon and son Alexander.
First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, the Woolf
Award was won last year by Garrett Gomez.