Shoemaker, Bill

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Shoemaker, Bill

(William Lee Shoemaker), 1931–2003, American jockey, b. Fabens, Tex. A schoolboy wrestler and Golden Gloves boxer, he became a jockey and won his first race at age 18. The former all-time leader in career victories (8,833; surpassed in 1999 by Laffit PincayPincay, Laffit Alejandro, Jr.
, 1946–, Panamanian jockey, b. Panama City. He began racing in Panama and came to the United States in 1965. Known as a strong finisher, Pincay was one of the top all-time money-winning jockeys and was inducted into racing's hall of fame at
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, Jr.), he was one of the greatest American jockeys, with 11 victories in Triple Crown races. He also was the first jockey to win over $100 million. He retired in 1990 to become a trainer, working until 1997 despite being paralyzed in a 1991 automobile accident.

Shoemaker, (William Lee) Bill

(1931–  ) jockey; born in Fabens, Texas. The greatest winning jockey in thoroughbred racing history, he won 8,833 races in his 42-year career, including the Kentucky Derby (four times), the Belmont (five times), and the Preakness (twice). After retiring in 1990, he was paralyzed in an auto accident in 1991.