ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2017)–Veteran jockey Stewart Elliott, who was named as the winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award on Feb. 24, will receive the prestigious trophy which depicts the legendary George (The Iceman) Woolf in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races at Santa Anita on Sunday, March 26.
Established to honor the memory of Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf award was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950 and this year marks the 68th anniversary of the award that can only be won once.
Voted on by jockeys nationwide, the Woolf Award seeks to recognize riders who have not only achieved a high degree of success in the saddle, but who have conducted both their personal and professional lives in a manner that brings credit to the sport of Thoroughbred racing and to them personally.
Born in Toronto on March 11, 1965, Elliot will celebrate his 52nd birthday on Santa Anita Handicap Day. A strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott, who is best known for winning the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Smarty Jones, has now amassed more than 4,700 career wins.
One of five 2017 Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens.