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The Shoe: Reflections On A Legend : Career At A Glance

February 01, 1990

Holds the record for most career races won, 8,833.

At 54, became the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, aboard Ferdinand in 1986.

Holds the record for most Kentucky Derby rides (24).

First jockey to earn more than $100 million over his career.

First jockey to win 8,000 career races, reaching that mark at Hollywood Park on May 27, 1981, aboard War Allied.

First jockey to win a $1 million race, capturing the Arlington Million aboard John Henry in 1981.

Won his first Eclipse Award for riding in 1981.

Received a special Eclipse for his contribution to racing in 1976 and '81.

Elected to Racing's Hall of Fame in 1958.

Led North American jockeys in victories five times: 1950, '53, '54, '58 and '59.

Led jockey standings at Santa Anita 17 consecutive years, from 1951-1967.

Led all jockeys in purse earnings seven consecutive years, from 1958-1964. He led 10 times overall.

Has won six races on one card nine times.

Became first jockey in 50 years to be honored by the Thoroughbred Club of America in 1982.

A breakdown of Shoemaker's major takes race victories.

ALABAMA (2)--Primonetta (1961), Gamely (1962).

ARLINGTON HANDICAP (1)--Palikaraki (1983).

ARLINGTON MILLION (1)--John Henry (1981).

BELDAME (4)--Thelma Burger (1951), Pucker Up (1957), Cicada (1962), Love Sign (1981).

BELMONT (5)--Gallant Man (1957), Sword Dancer (1959), Jaipur (1962), Damascus (1967), Avatar (1975).

BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC (1)--Ferdinand (1987).

CALIFORNIAN (1)--The Wonder (1983).

CHARLES H. STRUB (5)--Gun Bow (1964), Bold Bidder (1966), Unconscious (1972), Stardust Mel (1975), Spectacular Bid (1980).

FANTASY (1)--Jeanne Jones (1988).

FLOWER BOWL (1)--Scoot (1986).

FUTURITY (3)--Internationally (1958), Never Bend (1962), Captain's Gig (1967).

HOLLYWOOD DERBY (1)--Thrill Show (1986).

HOLLYWOOD FUTURITY (1)--Temperate Sil (1986).

HOLLYWOOD OAKS (1)--Hidden Light (1986).

HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP (8)--Swaps (1956), Round Table (1957), Gallant Man (1958), Ack Ack (1971), Kennedy Road (1973), Tree of Knowledge (1974), Exceller (1978), Ferdinand (1987).

HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP (1)--Alphabatim (1986).

ISELIN HANDICAP (1)--Roo Art (1986).

JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP (4)--Gallant Man (1957), Damascus (1967), Exceller (1978), John Henry (1981).

KENTUCKY DERBY (4)--Swaps (1955), Tomy Lee (1959), Lucky Debonair (1965), Ferdinand (1986).

KENTUCKY OAKS (1)--Blush With Pride (1982).

MARLBORO CUP (2)--Forego (1976), Spectacular Bid (1979).

MATRIARCH (2)--Sangue (1983), Nastique (1988).

MATRON (1)--Cicada (1961).

METROPOLITAN (3)--Gallant Man (1958), Sword Dancer (1959), Forego (1977).

OAK TREE (1)--John Henry (1982).

PREAKNESS (2)--Candy Spots (1963), Damascus (1967).

SANTA ANITA DERBY (8)--Terrang (1956), Silky Sullivan (1958), Tompion (1960), Candy Spots (1963), Lucky Debonair (1965), Terlago (1970), Habitony (1977), Temperate Sil (1987).

SANTA ANITA HANDICAP (11)--Rejected (1954), Poona II (1955), Round Table (1958), Prove It (1961), Lucky Debonair (1966), Pretense (1967), Ack Ack (1971), Stardust Mel (1975), Spectacular Bid (1980), John Henry (1982), Lord At War (1985).

SUNSET HANDICAP (1)--Swink (1987).

SWAPS (1)--Temperate Sil (1987).

TRAVERS (3)--Gallant Man (1957), Jaipur (1962), Damascus (1967).

WOODWARD (5)--Clem (1958), Damascus (1967), Forego (1976, '77), Spectacular Bid (1980).

YELLOW RIBBON (2)--Sangue (1983), Estrapade (1985).

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