Willie Shoemaker: A Legend in His Own Right

Willie Shoemaker: A Legend in His Own Right

Willie Shoemaker: A Legend in His Own Right: When it comes to horse racing, Willie Shoemaker seems to be the biggest name. He has held the highest number of victories that a professional jockey has achieved. Because of this, he is considered as a legend. Because of his small frame and his weight, which is only 47 kilograms, he had advantage over larger jockeys who weighed more; therefore, putting more pressure on their horses. Because of this, he had made it possible to achieve tons of achievements during his lifetime.

Personal and Professional Profile: Even though Willie Shoemaker was born weighing only 2.5 pounds and was not expected to survive, he had defied the odds and lived to accomplish a lot of things in the horse racing world before his death in October 12, 2003. He was a school dropout at El Monte High School. But despite his educational background, Shoemaker proved that he can accomplish a lot. He has started riding professionally during his teenage years.

Career Kickoff: Only a month after he has first raced professionally in March 9, 1949, he had received his first victory. And that success continued all throughout his career, making him the holder of the most victories in his chosen field – 8,833 victories in all. Awards: Willie Shoemaker has received so many awards and victories that it is hard to keep track of them all. He has prevailed in the Triple Crown races 11 times, though, he never got the Crown. He has also won numerous racing events such as the Arlington Handicap, Blue Grass Stakes, Del Mar Futurity, Hollywood Derby, Hollywood Gold Cup, Oak Tree Invitational Stakes, Palomar Breeder’s Cup Handicap, United Nations Handicap, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Breeder’s Cup Classic. The competitions mentioned above are just some of the racing events that he had won. Shoemaker has also won more than once on every racing event that he had joined. He had won as much as 11 major racing victories in a single racing event, which shows that he was truly conquering the horse racing field.

Retirement: After he has retired from horse racing, Willie Shoemaker has started training horses. He has also succeeded as a trainer, having 90 wins in his final stats before he also retired as a trainer in 1997. But in 1991, he has met a grave car accident which left him paralyzed from the neck down. But even though he was on a wheelchair, he continued training horses and retired six years after.

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