The411: It's the biggest collection in the Kentucky Derby Museum with nearly 550 pieces and the public will get to see it up close starting Monday. The Shoemaker: Start to Finish commemorates the life of world renowned jockey Willie Lee Shoemaker also referred to as "Bill", "Willie" and "The Shoe". 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. His Derby victories were the following: Swaps (1955), Tomy Lee (1959), Lucky Debonair (1965) and Ferdinand (1986). At the age of 58, “The Shoe” retired from racing and began training horses. Shoemaker died at the age of 72 on October 12, 2003.
This exhibit 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. Many of the pieces in the collection came from Shoemaker's daughter Amanda.
Shoemaker: Start to Finish will be at the Kentucky Derby Museum on Central Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky until December 31, 2012.
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