Jockey Jose Ferrer To Be Honored With George Woolf Award

Jose Ferrer Credits: Tampa Bay Downs
Jockey Jose Ferrer holds on tight as his mount Victory Tour rears up in the paddock at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. prior to the filly winning the third race on Aug. 6, 2017. Credits: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Snowday with Jose Ferrer riding wins the My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. on July 22, 2017. Credits: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Veteran jockey Jose Ferrer, a mainstay of the Monmouth Park riding colony since 1983, will be presented with the George Woolf Award at ceremonies this spring at Santa Anita Park.

The award is voted on annually by the members of the Jockey's Guild to recognize accomplishments in the sport of thoroughbred racing both on and off the track. It is named for the late George Woolf, a Hall of Fame jockey who died in an on-track accident at Santa Anita in 1946. A life-sized statue of Woolf adorns the Santa Anita Paddock.

Ferrer was one of five finalists for the Woolf Award. The others were Alex Birzer, Javier Castellano, Rodney Prescott and Joe Talamo.

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Ferrer, 53, recently resumed riding at Tampa Bay Downs following a 2-1/2-month layoff following a racing accident at Delaware Park in September.

The native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico has won 200 races in a calendar year five times. His single biggest day came in New Jersey's Meadowlands in 1983 when he rode five winners on the same card.

Ferrer's wins at Monmouth Park read like the track's stakes calendar. His wins include the Iselin, Jersey Shore, Long Branch, Matchmaker, Monmouth Oaks, Ocenaport, Red Bank, Salvatore Mile, Sapling and the Sorority. He currently ranks 62nd in all-time wins.

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