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Willie Shoemaker (1931–2003)

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 ... See full bio »

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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest Performer


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Other Works:

(early 80s) PSA TV spot for NASA with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Willie & Babs | Bill Shoemaker | William Shoemaker


4' 11" (1.5 m)


Cynthia Barnes  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »

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Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 509-511. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007. See more »


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