Albarado, 30, is the 55th winner of the award. It has been presented annually since 1950 and honors the memory of one of the greatest Thoroughbred jockeys in history.
Born in Lafayette, La., on Sept. 11, 1973, Albarado has won 2,845 races with purses of $81,507,488. He enjoyed one of his best years in 2003 while winning 185 races and finishing 11th nationally in purse earnings with $11,061,314. He also rode Horse of the Year Mineshaft to seven wins in nine starts for over $2.2 million in earnings, and currently leads the standings at Fair Grounds with 45 wins through Jan. 29.
Albarado, who will be accompanied to California by his wife, Kimber, has never ridden a winner at Santa Anita, although he finished third on Captain Steve in the 2000 Santa Anita Derby.