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George Monroe "The Iceman" Woolf
Birth: May 31, 1910
Cardston
Alberta, Canada
Death: Jan. 3, 1946
Arcadia
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Race Horse Jockey. Nicknamed "Iceman" because of his steady nerves and flawless sense of timing, he was born on a ranch in Alberta, Canada. He received his start competing in races at bush tracks and across the border at Montana fairs while a teenager. He suffered from diabetes and had to regulate his diet and exercise which limited his number of mounts. He rode some of the finest horses of his era but considered Seabiscuit the best of all. In the 1938 Hollywood Gold Cup, he brought Seabiscuit from 14 lengths back to win the race. He was the nation's leading stakes-winning jockey from 1942 to 1944. Tragedy struck in the late afternoon during the fourth race at Santa Anita Park on January 3, 1946. George Woolf, aboard "Please Me," was rounding the club house turn when fans saw him slip from the saddle probably unconscious, a symptom of dieting and diabetes, pitching the famed jockey head first into the ground before a stunned crowd. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Pasadena with a brain concussion, and died the next morning. He was enshrined in the Thoroughbred Racing Hall Of Fame in 1955 and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1976. His greatest honor was the establishment in 1985 of the "George Woolf Jockey Award" which by a jockey vote nationwide determines the best rider of the year and is racing's most prestigious accolade. His death led to the introduction of the Caliente Safety Helmet that is now mandatory riding equipment. In a church service attended by 1,500 people, Gene Autry added to the sadness with his singing of the western song "Empty Saddles in the Old Corral." (bio by: Donald Greyfield) 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank Henry Woolf (1868 - 1950)
  Rosina Parker Woolf (1873 - 1960)
 
 Spouse:
  Genevieve C. Braun Cayer (1914 - 1971)*
 
 Sibling:
  Alice Francis Woolf Adams (1895 - 1959)*
  George Monroe Woolf (1910 - 1946)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: The Great Mausoleum, Gardenia Terrace, the Sanctuary of Providence, Mausoleum Crypt 9707
 
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Originally Created by: Theologianthespian
Record added: Aug 22, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7786377
George Monroe The Iceman Woolf
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In sweet, loving memory...
-Anonymous
 Added: May. 17, 2015
With love and admiration. Rest in Peace, Iceman. What an honor to die doing what you loved the most.
- Cheri Hoover
 Added: Mar. 27, 2015
Because We Never Knew Each Other George, I Came To Visit You On Here Today, May You Rest In Eternal Peace.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Oct. 31, 2014
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