August 3, 1991
Bill Shoemaker has progressed to his next level of rehabilitation with the removal of a shoulder and head brace. Shoemaker, thoroughbred racing's all-time winningest jockey, was paralyzed in an auto accident April 8 near San Dimas . He is undergoing rehabilitation at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., where Dr. Indira Lanig said Friday that the halo vest orthosis, secured to Shoemaker's head with screws, was used to immobilize his injured spinal cord.
July 11, 1991 |
I talked to the world's greatest race rider the other day. I asked him how he thought he was going to do. "Bet on me," Bill Shoemaker said. "I should be even money in here." You never could get much of a price on Willie Shoemaker. It never was advisable to bet against him. But he's not getting ready for a Gold Cup this time. This is not the fourth at Arlington. Even the Kentucky Derby pales beside this challenge.
April 14, 1991 |
They were the best of friends almost from the beginning, Eddie Arcaro, the established pro, and Willie Shoemaker, the new kid with the gifted hands on the reins. They were rivals and fierce competitors. "Nobody was closer than Shoe and I," Arcaro said Tuesday, his voice hushed and grim, from his home in North Miami. He had just watched the television briefing from the California hospital where Shoemaker lay partially paralyzed and in critical condition after a one-car accident.
April 9, 1991 |
Willie Shoemaker, 59, who retired only 14 months ago as the all-time leading rider in thoroughbred racing, was critically injured when his car went out of control and then rolled over several times Monday night on a freeway transition road in San Dimas, the California Highway Patrol reported.
February 1, 1990 |
If I were a race horse today, I think I would be in deep depression. I'd want to wear black bandages and tail ribbons and a black plume. I'd mope a lot and feel like putting crepe on the barn door. Horses everywhere should be in mourning. They are losing their best friend. I don't think Bill Shoemaker ever abused a dying 10-1 shot or even a fading favorite in his life. He never brought even a winner to the finish line in filets. Other riders were known as the Slasher, the Ripper.
March 6, 1988
After all the trials and tribulations Willie Shoemaker has suffered ("Secrets of the Amazing Shoe," by Bill Shoemaker and Barney Nagler, Feb. 7), he now has a happy marriage, a lovely daughter, a well-managed income and an incredible 8,725 racing victories to his name. Though it may be very hard for him to do, as racing has been so much a part of his life, I think he should retire and just sit back and spend time with his family and enjoy the pleasures and joys of life. He may not realize it, but he's at the top of his game right now. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Cypress