ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2014)–Corey Lanerie, one of the Midwest’s most successful jockeys, has been named the winner of the 2014 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by a nationwide vote of his peers.
It is expected that Lanerie, who is currently based at Gulfstream Park, will venture west to Santa Anita to accept the award in either March or April.
Lanerie, who broke his maiden at Evangeline Downs in April, 1991, outpolled four other finalists; David Amiss, Dennis Carr, Aaron Gryder and Scott Stevens.
Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.
Born Nov. 13, 1974, in Lafayette, Louisiana, Lanerie, began galloping horses at age nine and like so many Cajun riders before him, he rode at unrecognized “bush” tracks prior to officially launching his professional career.
A winner of more than 3,500 races, Lanerie has won multiple riding titles at Churchill Downs and was leading rider at Churchill’s 2013 Autumn Meeting. He has also been leading rider at Ellis Park in Kentucky and at three Texas tracks–Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Park and Retama Park.
Born to ride, Lanerie’s grandfather was a trainer who owned horses and his father, Gerald, became a trainer following a career as a jockey.
Held in the highest regard by horsemen and fellow jockeys wherever he has competed, Lanerie currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Shantel, and their young daughter, Brittlyn.
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 time. Woolf died following a spill, which has often been attributed to the effects of diabetes, on Santa Anita’s Club House turn Jan. 3, 1946. The Woolf trophy is a replica of the full-size statue of the late jockey which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.
Last year’s Woolf Award was won by Mario Pino.