"It's been a tough couple of years but I'm hopeful to return to riding again soon," Kutz said through his mechanical voicebox, adding, "I'm too young to quit."Kutz underwent surgery in March of 1999 to remove a cancerous tumor in his throat and lost his larynx during the procedure. Woolf died as a result of the running of the fourth race at Santa Anita on Jan. 3, 1946. Known as "The Iceman," Woolf fell off W.W. Taylor's Please Me rounding the clubhouse turn, struck the ground headfirst and never regained consciousness.The Woolf Award trophy is a replica of the full-size statue of Woolf that was created through donations from the racing public after his untimely death. The statue of Woolf has a place of honor in the Santa Anita Paddock Gardens, and his likeness is admired daily by thousands of fans as it looks out toward the paddock. Past winners include Bill Shoemaker (1951), Eddie Arcaro (1953), Laffit Pincay Jr. (1970), Angel Cordero Jr. (1972), Chris McCarron (1980), Pat Day (1985), Jerry Bailey (1992), Kent Desormeaux (1993), Eddie Maple (1995) and Gary Stevens (1996).
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