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Sam Thompson Memorial Award Nominees

Four jockeys nominated for award.

June 29, 2012

Roy Brooks

Roy Brooks earned the inaugural Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award.

Four jockeys have been nominated for the Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award, which honors riders whose lives and character positively impact the Quarter Horse racing industry, both on and off the racetrack. The nominees are: G.R. Carter Jr., John Hamilton, Freddie Martinez and Gilbert Ortiz.

Ballots were mailed to Quarter Horse tracks around the country in June. Any active Quarter Horse jockey who has ridden in at least 12 races in the past 12 months is invited to vote. The nominee with the most votes will be presented with the Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award during a special ceremony at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday, September 2.

The award is given in honor of the late Sam Thompson, a Quarter Horse jockey who was well liked and highly respected both on and off the racetrack. Thompson died in 2008 due to injuries suffered in a riding accident at Los Alamitos. A leader in the jockey’s room throughout his career, Thompson was a Jockeys' Guild senator and the room representative at Los Alamitos. He was also a council member of the Los Alamitos division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.

Developed as a joint effort between Speedhorse Magazine and the Jockeys' Guild, the Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award was modeled after the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Award for Thoroughbred riders. The Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award is the first and only one of its kind in the Quarter Horse industry.

For more information, please contact Speedhorse at (405) 288-2145.