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Avelino Gomez Memorial Award

The Avelino Gomez Memorial Award is a Canadian thoroughbred horse racing honor given annually to a jockey who is Canadian-born, Canadian-raised, or a regular in the country for more than five years, who has made significant contributions to the sport. The honor is named for the late Cuban-born Canadian and American Hall of Fame jockey Avelino Gomez who died in 1980 of complications from injuries sustained in a racing accident.

Avelino Gomez Memorial Award honourees receive a replica of the life-size statue of Gomez sculpted by Siggy Puchta that stands at Woodbine Racetrack.

In 2004, Francine Villeneuve became the first female recipient of the award.

Past winners:

  • 2009 : Robert King
  • 2007 : George HoSang
  • 2005 : Sam Krasner
  • 2004 : Francine Villeneuve
  • 2000 : James McKnight
  • 1998 : Irwin Driedger
  • 1997 : Richard Grubb

  • 1994 : no award
  • 1991 : Hugo Dittfach



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