Willie Shoemaker

Date Of Birth:
19 August 1931
Date Of Death:
12 October 2003
natural causes
Place Of Birth:
Fabens, Texas
Best Known As:
Four-time Kentucky Derby winner who later was paralyzed
Willie Shoemaker won his first horse race when he was 17. He went on to become the most successful jockey in history, winning the Kentucky Derby four times, the Belmont Stakes five times and the Preakness twice. In 1986, at the age of 54, he became the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. He retired as a jockey in 1990. Despite an auto accident in 1991 that left him partially paralyzed, Shoemaker worked as a horse trainer until his retirement in 1997.
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