‘Shoemaker: Start to Finish’ @ Kentucky Derby Museum

April 27-Dec. 31

Kentucky Derby Museum
Churchill Downs • 637-1111

The Kentucky Derby Museum this week opens a major new exhibition honoring jockey Bill Shoemaker. “The Shoe” retired in 1992 as the leading race winner of all time, with 8,833 victories. Over four decades on the turf, Shoemaker helped define the “Run for the Roses,” becoming the most famous rider in the world’s most famous race. He rode in a record 26 Kentucky Derbies and won the race four times — with Swaps, Tomy Lee, Lucky Debonair and Ferdinand. Shoemaker, who died in 2003, bequeathed his entire collection of memorabilia to the Kentucky Derby Museum. It’s a treasure trove of personal mementos and memories — including 14 large scrapbooks that tell the great jockey’s story and recreate his era. The pages of the scrapbooks will be turned periodically so that fans may look back through The Shoe’s career. —Bill Doolittle

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