Bill Shoemaker

Bill Shoemaker

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Shoemaker Exhibit on Display at Derby Museum

The exhibit on the life of jockey Bill Shoemaker will begin April 25.

The Kentucky Derby Museum will soon open Shoemaker: Start to Finish, which commemorates the life of world renowned jockey Bill Shoemaker.

This exhibit, which will run from April 25, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2012, will display historical and personal memorabilia that Shoemaker acquired throughout his 40-plus-year racing career including: scrapbooks, photos, awards and trophies along with an extensive video collection documenting his prestigious career.  
Shoemaker rode in over 40,000 races and won an unprecedented 8,833 races. His purses totaled over $123 million and he was the first jockey to win over $100 million. He had four Kentucky Derby victories and currently holds the record as the oldest jockey, at age 54, to win a Kentucky Derby. At the age of 58, “The Shoe” retired from racing and began training horses. Shoemaker died at the age of 72 on Oct. 12, 2003.
The Kentucky Derby Museum received the collection in January 2009 from Bill Shoemaker’s daughter, Amanda. It is the biggest collection in the Derby Museum numbering close to 550 pieces.