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Bill Shoemaker
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Shoemaker in 1986
Occupation jockey
Born (1931-08-19)August 19, 1931
Fabens, Texas, United States
Died October 12, 2003(2003-10-12) (aged 72)
San Marino, California, United States
Career wins 8,833
Major racing wins
Arlington Handicap (4)
Bing Crosby Handicap (3)
Blue Grass Stakes (6)
Carleton F. Burke Handicap (7)
Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (4)
Del Mar Debutante Stakes (5)
Del Mar Futurity (6)
Del Mar Handicap (8)
Del Mar Oaks (4)
Hollywood Derby (8)
Hollywood Gold Cup (8)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (4)
Oak Tree Invitational Stakes (8)
Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (5)
Ramona Handicap (5)
San Diego Handicap (4)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (8)
Santa Anita Derby (8)
Santa Anita Handicap (11)
United Nations Handicap (3)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:

Kentucky Derby (1955, 1959, 1965, 1986)
Preakness Stakes (1963, 1967)
Belmont Stakes (1957, 1959, 1962, 1967, 1975)
Breeders' Cup Classic (1987)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by earnings (10 years)
United States Champion Jockey by wins
(1950, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959)
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1951)
Big Sport of Turfdom Award (1969)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (1981)
Eclipse Award of Merit (1981)
Mike Venezia Memorial Award (1990)
Honours
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1958)
Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Stakes at Hollywood Park
Lifesize bust at Santa Anita Park
Significant horses
Swaps, Round Table, Northern Dancer, Buckpasser, Ack Ack, Ferdinand, Cicada, Damascus, Gallant Man, Sword Dancer, Forego, Jaipur, John Henry, Spectacular Bid, Gamely, Silky Sullivan, Candy Spots, Tom Rolfe

William Lee Shoemaker (August 19, 1931 – October 12, 2003) was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the world record for total professional jockey victories.

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