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Willie Shoemaker (William Lee Shoemaker)

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Biography

Fabens, Texas, USA
Texas-born Willie Shoemaker is recognized as the most successful jockey in racing history. Winning his first race in 1949 at age 18, by the time of his retirement in 1990 he had racked up 8,833 victories - among them four Kentucky Derbies, five Belmont Stakes and three Preakness Stakes, with his winnings totaling well over $123 million. One of his greatest victories was at the 1986 Kentucky Derby when, at age 54, he rode a 17-1 shot named Ferdinand to victory. Read more...

Actor

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Races to Remember 1956

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The Dean Martin Show 1965

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Laugh-In 1967

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