, winner of the 2013 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial
Jockey Award, will accept the award in a winner’s circle ceremony
between races this Sunday at Santa Anita.
Pino, Maryland’s all-time leading jockey who recently moved with
his wife, Christina and three daughters to Florida, is also 10th on
racing’s all-time win list with nearly 6,500 winners.
In a vote of jockeys nationwide, Pino outpolled fellow riders
Javier Castellano, Perry Compton, David Flores and Rodney Prescott.
Initiated by Santa Anita in 1950, the Woolf Award honors riders
whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and
the sport of Thoroughbred racing.
Pino, 51, garnered national acclaim as the regular rider of
top-tier 3-year-old Hard Spun in 2007, guiding him to a second-place
finish in the Kentucky Derby and to victories in the Grade I King’s
Bishop Stakes at Saratoga and the Grade II Kentucky Cup Classic at
Turfway Park. He would go on to ride the Larry Jones trainee to a
runner-up finish behind eventual Horse of the Year Curlin in the 2007
Breeders’ Cup Classic at Monmouth Park.
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, who died following a spill on
Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946. The trophy is a replica
of the full-size statue of the late jockey which adorns Santa Anita’s
Paddock Gardens area.
The Woolf Award was won last year by Ramon Dominguez.