11/23/2011 1:26PM

Woolf Award finalists named


Ramon Dominguez, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey of 2010, and respected veteran riders Corey Lanerie, DeShawn Parker, Martin Pedroza, and Scott Stevens are the finalists for the 63rd annual George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita, which hosts the award, announced on Wednesday.

The Woolf Award, named for the jockey best known for riding Seabiscuit in his celebrated match race with War Admiral, is widely coveted by jockeys since it is voted on by their peers. It recognizes outstanding achievement on, and contributions off, the track.

The winner will be announced in January on HRTV.

Dominguez, annually among the nation’s leading riders, is having another outstanding year, highlighted by his victory aboard Hansen in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Lanerie won the 3,000th race of his career earlier this year. He has won riding titles at Lone Star Park, Sam Houston, Retama Park, and Ellis Park, and now usually rides at Fair Grounds in the winter and Kentucky the rest of the year.

Parker, based at Mountaineer Park, led the nation’s jockeys with 377 wins in 2010, and leads all riders in wins this year, too.

Pedroza, a mainstay in Southern California for three decades, also has won more than 3,000 races. He has won 14 titles at Fairplex Park.

Stevens is the older brother of retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who won the Woolf Award in 1996. Stevens won his 4,000th race earlier this year at Turf Paradise.