2020 AND 2021 GEORGE WOOLF AWARD WINNERS LUIS M. QUINONES AND DESHAWN PARKER
2020-2021 WOOLF AWARD CEREMONY
2020 LUIS M. QUINONES, WOOLF AWARD WINNER: “It’s a huge accomplishment. I’m grateful to win this award. It’s just overwhelming. It feels great to be among amazing riders. I would like to thank my agent, he passed away last year Billy Johnson, he was a big part of it, and my fellow riders, without them I would not win this award, and I’m very grateful.”
2021 Deshawn PARKER, WOOLF AWARD WINNER: “I’m feeling great. It’s been a long time I’ve been riding. It feels very special the riders thought about me and gave me this award. I definitely want to thank my friend ‘Bobby’ here, or Luis Quinones, I know him as Bobby, but Luis, he’s like a little brother to me. We both had the same agent with Billy (Johnson). Billy is looking down on us and proud of us, he did it for both of us. It’s a big accomplishment for him and he didn’t even realize what he’s doing for us. He was a great man, I’m grateful to have my family here and Luis’ family here. My dad is looking down on me, because he passed away, I was hoping to have him here, but I’m just so happy that I finally got it done.
PARKER, ON HIS REACTION TO THE NEWS THAT HE WON THE AWARD: “I honestly cried because I told my dad I wanted to bring him here on this trip and we could celebrate it. When Darrell (Haire, from the Jockeys’ Guild) told me, I broke down and cried. It was happy tears yet sad at the same time, I just wish he was here because he was a big part of my life.”