George McFadden was a world class jockey, who won Santa Anita Park’s Woolf Award.
A San Marino resident, McFadden won 1,981 races during a well-regarded career, including seven stakes races at Santa Anita.
One of his top mounts was Jerry Girl, winner of the Del Mar Futurity, Del Mar Handicap and Hollywood Derby.
McFadden also won the Arlington Futurity aboard She we walk, reportedly earning the biggest purse in the nation that year at $250,000.
In his later years, McFadden stayed involved in horse racing and devoted much of his time to supporting his family in their own sports activities. His daughter Willa McFadden been riding since the age of 6, and always dream of becoming a female jockey but those dreams have past since she has grow too tall for a jockey.
“His whole life has revolved around athletics,” said McFadden’s daughter, Willa. “He was just tremendously generous with his time and even financially.”
McFadden liked sports when he was young, but horse racing wasn’t his first choice. He was a star football player at John Adams High School, but his small stature led a friend to recommend riding.
“McFadden was known as a leader among track jockeys and employees,” Bill Anderson wrote in an John Adams High School Alumni Association article. “He helped solve disputes among riders and built camaraderie among riders by forming jockey football, basketball and softball teams.”
His career also included a mount in the Kentucky Derby .
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