George Woolf | Jockey

George Woolf | Jockey
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From: Cardston, Alberta

George Monroe Woolf, nicknamed “The Iceman”, was a thoroughbred race horse jockey.

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.

Equestrian Vaulting At Cardston Alberta

 

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