Bill Shoemaker

Group of drawings of Bill Shoemaker in a range of horse racing positions labeled with overall height

Bill Shoemaker was an American horse jockey known for holding the world record for the most total professional jockey win for a total of 29 years. He had a total of 8,833 career wins that included 11 Triple Crown races throughout his career that spanned 4 decades. Bill Shoemaker’s first horse race took place in 1949 when he was 18 years old. He had a small stature that he used as an asset to advance his career in thoroughbred horse racing. Bill Shoemaker retired as a horse jockey in 1990 and became a trainer to racehorses. He died on October 12, 2003 at the age of 72.

Set of outline illustrations of Bill Shoemaker in assorted horse racing positions

Bill Shoemaker had a height of 4’10” (1.47 m).


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4’10” | 1.47 m

Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1949-1990

Death: October 12, 2003

August 19, 1931


Drawings include:
Bill Shoemaker standing, horse racing (various)

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Horse Racing is a competitive sport based on how quickly an individual or multiple horses can outrun each other over the course of a set distance. Horse racing has occurred in ancient civilizations such as Greece and Egypt. Horse races may involve only select breeds, obstacles, or varying distances.