Jockey Luis M. Quinones Wins Prestigious 2020 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

first_imgJockey Luis M. Quinones Wins Prestigious 2020 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award; Puerto Rican Native, Who Won 314 Races In 2019, Will Accept Woolf Trophy On Sunday, March 22ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2020)–America’s second leading rider by races won in 2019, Puerto Rican native Luis M. Quinones, a mainstay at racetracks such as Mahoning Valley Racecourse and Thistledown in Ohio, as well as at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, has been selected by a nationwide vote of his peers as the winner of the prestigious 2020 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950.The Woolf Award, which can be won only once, recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character garner esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The Woolf trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue of legendary Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf, which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.Quinones, 41, outpolled a group of five highly respected finalists that included veteran riders Tyler Baze, Javier Castellano, Chris Emigh and James Graham.“It’s a great honor just to be on the ballot for this award,” said Quinones.  “Winning the Woolf Award is incredible.  I’m looking forward to coming out there and I know this is something I will never forget.”In winning the award, Quinones joins a fraternity that includes some the greatest riders in the history of the sport as he follows last year’s Woolf winner, Scott Stevens.A major force at both Mahoning Valley, near Youngstown and Thistledown, on the outskirts of Cleveland, Quinones had a tremendous year in 2019, as he won 314 races from 1,331 mounts, finishing second nationally to Eclipse Champion Irad Ortiz, Jr., who had 324 winners.A married father of three daughters, Quinones, who has nearly 2,000 career winners, has built a solid reputation that far exceeds his ability to win races according to his longtime agent Billy Johnson.“His personality and work ethic are as good as anybody,” Johnson told Chelsea Hackbarth of the Paulick Report in January.  “…Anybody can work hard, but trainers don’t want to put up with riders who have a bad attitude.  Every horse he rides, Luis tries to find something about the horse that might help it improve for its next start…Even when he loses, he tries to find something positive about the horse.”Quinones will be at Santa Anita to accept the Woof Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony on Sunday, March 22.last_img read more

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Barca fight back to beat Sociedad, Real held in Bilbao

first_img0Shares0000Luis Suarez scored the first of Barcelona’s two goals in three minutes © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Sep 16 – Barcelona came from behind to beat Real Sociedad on Saturday as Real Madrid lost ground in La Liga after a 1-1 stalemate at Athletic Bilbao.Real, unbeaten after three games, fell behind to Iker Muniain’s 32nd-minute goal on a counter-attack. Athletic keeper Unai Simon held Real, who open their Champions League campaign against Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, at bay until Isco headed in Gareth Bale’s assist after the hour.The draw put Julen Lopetegui’s men on 10 points, two adrift of Barcelona with Atletico Madrid also slipping back in the La Liga title race by drawing at home to Eibar.Seven points is now the gap between Atletico and Barca, who were in danger of tripping up themselves when Aritz Elustondo put Real Sociedad in front at Anoeta.But the hosts missed a series of excellent chances and paid the price, as two goals in three minutes from Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele clinched a hard-fought 2-1 win.“The league is defined by these kind of games,” Suarez said afterwards. “Last year we also came back from 2-0 after many years without winning here. The reaction says a lot about this team.”Atletico rallied too, Borja Garces equalising with virtually the last kick of the game, but there were no celebrations at the Wanda Metropolitano.Garces’ strike was enough only to rescue a 1-1 draw for Diego Simeone’s side, who had looked on course for defeat when Eibar’s Sergi Enrich bundled home in the 87th minute.Borja Garces celebrated after scoring in the last seconds for Atletico Madrid but it was only enough to secure a home draw with Eibar © AFP/File / Benjamin CREMELBarcelona might easily have dropped points too had their opponents been more clinical.Mikel Oyarzabal and Theo Hernandez both could have made it 2-0 after half-time but the former blazed over and the latter was denied by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Within minutes, they were behind, as two crosses caused havoc in Real Sociedad’s defence, with Suarez and Dembele perfectly placed to pounce.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had made the surprise decision to omit Sergio Busquets from his starting line-up, presumably with Tuesday’s Champions League opener against PSV Eindhoven in mind.But it was testament to the hosts’ performance that Busquets was called upon in the second period after Philippe Coutinho had also been introduced at half-time.“In the first half they closed us down well but Philippe coming on in the second half helped changed the dynamics,” Suarez said.Simeone might also have liked to keep one eye on their Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday, but a victory was much-needed following defeat to Celta Vigo two weeks ago.Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, however, were both sloppy in the final third and Eibar might even have scored earlier, twice denied by the woodwork.It means Atleti have now recorded their worst league start since 2009.“I would worry if we had not created those chances to score,” Simeone said. “The team also showed a reaction after their goal. We continued to push forward and managed to take a point.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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