Willie Shoemaker

Willie Shoemaker

Original Name William Lee Shoemaker
Birth
Fabens, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Death 12 Oct 2003 (aged 72)
San Marino, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 7977620 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Horse Racing Jockey. His career spanned over 40 years in thoroughbred racing. "The Shoe" rode in 40,350 races resulting in 8,833 wins. In a career in which he rode to four Kentucky Derby wins, he was also the oldest at aged 54 to win the prestigious Run for the Roses aboard Ferdinand in 1986. He also won two Preakness Stakes, five Belmont Stakes and rode Ferdinand to victory in the Breeders Cup in 1987 and also garnered him Horse of the Year honors. Willie, as he was known to many, retired in 1990 with his last race in Santa Anita, the place where he called home. In 1991, he was paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a car crash. After rehabilitative treatment, he returned to the track as a trainer and worked until his retirement in 1997.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Laurie
  • Added: 12 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7977620
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willie Shoemaker (19 Aug 1931–12 Oct 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7977620, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.