John Velazquez was named 2009 winner of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award on a live HRTV broadcast today. Making the announcement was retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, himself a Woolf Award recipient in 1996.
Velazquez, 37, currently rides at Gulfstream Park in Florida. In 1990, the native of Puerto Rico began riding in New York, where he now lives with his wife, Leona. Velazquez is a two-time Eclipse Award winner and has won six Breeders' Cup races.
The date of the Woolf Award ceremony has yet to be announced, but it is traditionally presented at Santa Anita in late March or early April.