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Used in the Exhibit: Play by Play - A Century of L.A. Sports Photography, 1889-1989 After moving to California as a teen-ager, Willie Shoemaker rode to his first win when he was 17. All of 95 pounds, "The Shoe" worked primarily in southern California. When he saddled his last horse in 1990, 64,573 fans showed up at Santa Anita to cheer him on; watching him race, said one observer, was like "listening to a pretty song or reading poetry." His post-jockey career as a trainer ended prematurely when he was paralyzed in a car accident. He died in 2003.
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00049056 Herald Examiner Collection HE box Shoemaker, Willie. CARL0000052841 http://184.108.40.206/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/17273
Shoemaker, Bill,--1931-2003 Santa Anita Park (Arcadia, Calif.) Horse racing--California--Arcadia Jockeys--California--Arcadia Race horses--California--Arcadia Racetracks (Horse racing)--California--Arcadia Arcadia (Calif.) Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs Herald-Examiner Collection photographs