Santa Anita News
MARIO PINO TO RECEIVE SANTA ANITA WOOLF AWARD ON APRIL 14; HIGH HONOR TO BE PRESENTED BETWEEN RACES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2013)—Mario Pino, winner of the 2013 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, will accept the award in a winner’s circle ceremony between races on Sunday, April 14.
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 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.