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H.Res. 439 (rh) Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3843) to reauthorize programs to assist small business concerns, and for other purposes. [Reported in House] ...
H. Res. 439
In the House of Representatives, U.S.,
March 2, 2004.
Whereas Willie Shoemaker was born Billie Lee Shoemaker on August 19, 1931, in
Whereas Willie Shoemaker, nicknamed the ``Shoe'', is arguably the most
successful jockey in the history of horse racing;
Whereas Willie Shoemaker won his first race at the age of 18 and had compiled
8,833 victories by the time he retired in 1990;
Whereas in 1970, Willie Shoemaker became the all-time leader in career wins by
surpassing John Longden's total of 6,033 wins;
Whereas on March 3, 1985, while riding Lord at War at the Santa Anita Handicap,
Willie Shoemaker became the first jockey to total $100,000,000 in purse
Whereas Willie Shoemaker held the record for career wins for 29 years;
Whereas Willie Shoemaker won four Kentucky Derbies, five Belmont Stakes, and
three Preakness Stakes;
Whereas Willie Shoemaker was the oldest jockey to ride a winner in the Kentucky
Derby and the Breeder's Cup;
Whereas at Santa Anita in 1990, Willie Shoemaker ran the final race of his
storied 41-year career;
Whereas Willie Shoemaker is a member of thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame and
the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame;
Whereas on April 8, 1991, just over a year after his retirement, Willie
Shoemaker was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from
the neck down;
Whereas Willie Shoemaker was an honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of
the Paralysis Project of America, whose mission is to accelerate
progress toward finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord
Whereas on October 13, 2003, America was saddened by the death of Willie
Shoemaker at the age of 72: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) honors the life and legendary career in horse racing of Willie
(2) expresses condolences on the passing of Willie Shoemaker to his
family and friends.
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