He wins the Kentucky Derby in one of the most spectacular rides ever seen. He pilots the eventual HOTY, a 3yo filly, in unprecedented victories from 20+ lengths in the Kentucky Oaks to the historical Woodward. He brings exposure to the sport in the mainstream media with multiple appearances on late-night TV.
And he's not even among the three finalists for the Eclipse Award! Go figure!
It's little wonder that the George Woolf Award is becoming the more coveted honor....among jockeys anyway. It is unique in two ways. First of all, it's peer-voted. The recipient every year is honored by his or her professional compatriots, and not by a bunch of turf writers and racing officials who can see nothing but how much money a jockey has earned. Secondly, by the charter, the George Woolf Award can only be awarded to any jockey once, but it's not an honor that is made by attrition.....up-and-comers and veterans alike are eligible. Heck, the Mig won the George Woolf recently after some 25 years in the saddle!
The only negative so far with the George Woolf Award, for me, is that it's still the "boys club". The statue has yet to be given to a female rider. Julie Krone never won an Eclipse Award, but she has a plaque in the Hall Of Fame.....she doesn't have a George Woolf award. Like I said before, go figure!
Congratulations to Bo-Rail! I can't wait for the ceremony later this meet. He brings fun with him everywhere he goes.....Santa Anita will be no different!