Javier Castellano is surrounded by fellow jockeys, family, and friends in the Santa Anita’s winner’s circle Sunday for the George Woolf Memorial Award presentation
Javier Castellano, a four-time Eclipse Award winning jockey and member of racing’s Hall of Fame, was accompanied by friends, family members, and a number of fellow riders on Sunday at Santa Anita Park as he accepted the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award Trophy.
The trophy was presented by the track’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Nate Newby in a Runhappy Winner’s Circle ceremony at the Arcadia, California track.
The Woolf Award has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950. Considered one of the most coveted awards in racing, it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character garner esteem for the individual and sport of Thoroughbred racing. It can only be won once. Joe Bravo won last year’s George Woolf Award.
The winner is determined by a vote of jockey’s nationwide and is named for one of the greatest big money riders of his era. Other finalists this year were jockeys Daniel Centeno, Terry Houghton, Edwin Maldonado, and Willie Martinez.
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