02/09/2006 1:00AM

Guidry wins George Woolf Award


Veteran jockey Mark Guidry has been named the winner of the 2006 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita announced on Thursday.

The award has been given annually since 1950, and is voted upon by jockeys in reflection of a rider's character and personal accomplishments.

Guidry, 46, has won more than 4,700 races. He will receive the Woolf Award in a presentation at Santa Anita on March 12.

Guidry is riding at Gulfstream Park in Florida and will be based in Kentucky later this year.

A native of Louisiana, Guidry rode in that state until 1986, when he moved to the Chicago-area tracks. He has won seven riding titles at Hawthorne, nine at the now-defunct Sportsman's Park, and two at Arlington Park.

Guidry was nominated for the 2006 Woolf Award along with Victor Espinoza, David Flores, Randall Meier, and Richard Migliore.