William Shoemaker on the Scales at Aqueduct


William Shoemaker on the Scales at Aqueduct


Photography of horse sports


This photograph shows jockey William Lee "The Shoe" Shoemaker on the scales after riding his 300th win at Aqueduct in 1959.

Shoemaker, rode for nearly 40 years, winning roughly 22% of his over 40,000 races before his retirement in 1990. Shoemaker was America’s leading jockey ten times in money won and five times in races won.

He won the Kentucky Derby four times, aboard Swaps in 1955, Tomy Lee in 1959, Lucky Debonair in 1965, and Ferdinand in 1986 at the age of 54.

His 11 trips to the Triple Crown Classics winner’s circle also include his two Preakness Stakes wins (1963, 1967) and five Belmont Stakes wins (1957, 1959, 1962, 1967, 1975). Shoemaker was inducted in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1958 and won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding jockey in 1981.


Bernard Stanley Morgan




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Bernard Stanley Morgan, “William Shoemaker on the Scales at Aqueduct,” The Keeneland Library, accessed February 29, 2020, https://keenelandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/205.

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