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George Woolf | Jockey

Goerge woolf with horse

From Cardston, Alberta

George Monroe Woolf, nicknamed “The Iceman”, was a thoroughbred racehorse 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 honour. In his honour, 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 of Montana. Cardston was settled in 1887 by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) from Utah Territory.  
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