From: Cardston, Alberta
George Monroe Woolf, nicknamed “The Iceman”, was a thoroughbred race horse jockey.
Born in 1910 in Cardston, Alberta
Died in 1946 in Arcadia, California
Woolf was born on a ranch in Cardston, Alberta in a riding family. His mother was a trick rider in a circus and his father was a rodeo rider.
Woolf learned to ride horses as a child and as a teenager he rode in horse races and competed in rodeo events in Alberta and Montana.
He rode his first race in 1928 and within four years became a regular at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
He became known for riding the people’s champion Seabiscuit to victories in 1938.
Woolf died at age thirty-five as a result of a racing accident.
Since 1950 an annual jockey’s award given by the United States Jockeys’ Guild is named in Woolf’s honor.
In his honor, Santa Anita Park erected a life-size bronze bust in the track’s paddock area.
- 1955 – Inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
- 1956 – Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
In 2010, marking the 100th anniversary of Woolf’s birth, a life-size equestrian statue was erected in his home town of Cardston, Alberta at its Remington Carriage Museum.
Seabiscuit and George Woolf Statue
Cardston is a town in southwest Alberta, approximately 25 km north from Montana.
Cardston was settled in 1887 by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) from Utah Territory.