10/12/2003 11:00PM

Shoemaker's highlights, year by year


1931: Born Aug. 19 in Fabens, Texas.

1946: Begins working as a stablehand at Suzy Q Ranch in La Puente, Calif.

1948: Moves to Bay Meadows and begins work as an exercise rider.

1949: Rides his first race, at Golden Gate Fields on March 19, finishing fifth aboard Waxahachie. Wins first race, aboard Shafter V at Golden Gate Fields on April 20. Wins first stakes, the George Marshall Claiming Handicap, aboard Al at Bay Meadows on Oct. 26. Wins first riding title at Del Mar.

1950: Shares national riding title with Joe Culmone, each with 388 wins. Wins 11 races at Bay Meadows in two days - five on Oct. 12, six the following day. Wins first riding title at Hollywood Park.

1951: Wins first $100,000 race, with Great Circle, in the $144,325 Santa Anita Maturity. Wins first riding title at Santa Anita meeting. Leads nation in purse earnings with $1,329,890.

1952: Rides first Kentucky Derby and finishes fifth on 9-1 Count Flame.

1953: Ranks first in nation in winners (485) and purse earnings ($1,784,187). Rides four or more winners 30 times and has three six-win days - at Tanforan (April 4), Hollywood Park (June 20), and Golden Gate (Oct. 10).

1954: Rides first Preakness and finishes second on 4-5 favorite Correlation. Rides the 2,000th winner of his career aboard Florence House at Tanforan on Oct. 20. Leads nation's jockeys in wins (380) and earnings ($1,876,760)

1955: Wins first Kentucky Derby, aboard Swaps.

1956: Honored with George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award at Santa Anita. Wins first Hollywood Gold Cup, aboard Swaps. Finishes second in national wins and earnings to Bill Hartack for second consecutive year.

1957: Misjudges finish line in Kentucky Derby aboard Gallant Man, standing up before the wire and finishing second by a nose to Iron Liege. Wins first Belmont Stakes aboard Gallant Man. Ends year with 2,974 career wins, sixth on all-time list.

1958: Wins 3,000th career race on Eternal Pere at Santa Anita Jan. 31, at 26 the youngest rider to reach the milestone. Wins Santa Anita Derby on Silky Sullivan. Inducted into Racing Hall of Fame. Regains national titles for wins (300) and earnings ($2,961,693).

1959: Wins Kentucky Derby on Tomy Lee and Belmont Stakes on Sword Dancer. Finishes year with 347 wins, for an unprecedented fifth consecutive national title.

1960: Wins 10th consecutive riding title at Santa Anita with 72 winners, 21 more than Ismael Valenzuela. Finishes year with sixth national earnings title ($2,123,961).

1961: Joins Johnny Longden, Gordon Richards, and Eddie Arcaro as only jockeys with 4,000 career winners. Reaches milestone aboard Guaranteeya at Hollywood Park on May 19. Turns 30.

1962: Wins six consecutive races at Santa Anita on Feb. 23. Wins Belmont Stakes on Jaipur. Wins San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita with Olden Times, leading throughout the about 1 3/4 miles on turf.

1963: Wins Arlington Classic, American Derby, Florida Derby, Jersey Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Santa Anita Derby aboard Candy Spots. Wins ninth earnings title ($2,526,925), an all-time record.

1964: Surpasses Arcaro in career purse earnings ($30,039,543) with win aboard Braganza at Santa Anita on Jan. 24. Wins 4,871th race aboard Fleet Son on May 25 at Hollywood Park, moving into second on all-time list behind Longden. Rides 5,000th career winner, at Aqueduct Oct. 22, with 19,900th career mount.

1965: Wins third Kentucky Derby, aboard Lucky Debonair. Rides Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and finishes sixth aboard Tom Rolfe. Wins 1,000th career race at Santa Anita.

1966: Wins Santa Anita Handicap with Lucky Debonair. Wins only 221 races for year, lowest total since first season in 1949. Finishes second in national earnings with $2,671,198.

1967: Wins Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes on Damascus, the Horse of the Year. Wins 15th consecutive riding title at Hollywood Park with 80 winners. Wins 17th consecutive riding title at Santa Anita with 81 winners. Mounts earn a career high $3,052,108.

1968: Suffers a broken right leg in a three-horse spill at Santa Anita on Jan. 23. In September and October, travels to South Vietnam with Longden as part of USO tour.

1969: Returns to riding on Feb. 11 at Santa Anita and wins with all three mounts. Suffers a fractured pelvis and damaged bladder in paddock accident at Hollywood Park on April 30. Does not ride for four months.

1970: Becomes world's all-time leading rider, with 6,033rd career win aboard Dares J. at Del Mar on Sept. 7. Previous holder Longden is in attendance. Wins six races from seven rides at Hollywood Park on June 24.

1971: Wins Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup aboard Ack Ack. Honored with bronze statue in garden paddock at Santa Anita as world's all-time leading rider.

1972: Wins 555th career stakes on Royal Own in San Jacinto Stakes at Santa Anita on March 2, surpassing Arcaro on all-time list.

1973: Misses nearly eight weeks in late winter after injuring right hand in a spill at Santa Anita in January. Wins fifth Hollywood Gold Cup, on Kennedy Road.

1974: Wins 100th stakes worth $100,000 or more with Miss Musket in Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 30. Wins sixth Del Mar Futurity on Diabolo on Sept. 11.

1975: Wins Belmont Stakes on Avatar. Elected president of Jockeys' Guild in December.

1976: Scores 7,000th win of career aboard Royal Derby II at Santa Anita on March 14. Wins Marlboro Cup on Oct. 2 at Belmont Park on Forego, the 137-pound topweight, finishing a head in front of Kentucky Derby runner-up Honest Pleasure.

1977: Honored with Special Award in Eclipse Award ceremony in February. Wins seventh Santa Anita Derby, on Habitony.

1978: Regular rider of Exceller, the winner of six stakes including the Jockey Club Gold Cup against champion Seattle Slew. Rides Hawaiian Sound to second in English Derby and third in Irish Derby.

1979: Wins Marlboro Cup and Meadowlands Cup on Spectacular Bid.

1980: Continues partnership with Horse of the Year Spectacular Bid, going undefeated in nine stakes. Wins international jockey competition at Sandown Park, England, in October.

1981: Receives Eclipse Award as champion jockey and Eclipse Award of Merit. Rides 8,000 career winner aboard War Allied at Hollywood Park on May 27. Wins first Arlington Million on John Henry on Aug. 30.

1982: Wins 10th Santa Anita Handicap, aboard John Henry on March 7. Wins third Kentucky Oaks, on Blush with Pride on April 30. Defeats Lester Piggott in a match race at Ascot, England, in September.

1983: At 52, finishes the year ranked ninth in earnings with $4,277,930. Finishes 35th year of career with 8,319 winners.

1984: Wins seven races worth $100,000 or more, but falls out of top 10 in national earnings for first time since 1973.

1985: Surpasses $100 million in career earnings. Wins 11th Santa Anita Handicap on Lord at War, trained by Charlie Whittingham.

1986: Wins Kentucky Derby aboard Ferdinand, trained by Whittingham. Finishes year with career-high single-season earnings of $7,029,211, eighth on national list.

1987: Wins Breeders' Cup Classic at Hollywood Park aboard Ferdinand, holding off late run from Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba. Misses two weeks early in season for arthroscopic surgery on left knee.

1988: Finishes second in Santa Anita Handicap aboard Ferdinand. Finishes 12th in Kentucky Derby aboard Lively One, his 26th appearance in the race. Rides in international competition in Japan. Announces on Oct. 26 that he will retire at end of 1989 season.

1989: Spends part of year on nationwide farewell tour. Rides 889th career winner at Del Mar on Sept. 10, his final ride of the meeting. Finishes final full season of career with 33 wins from 210 mounts and earnings of $1,388,592.

1990: Scores final win of career aboard Beau Genius at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 20. Finishes fourth in final ride aboard Patchy Groundfog in Legend's Last Ride at Santa Anita on Feb. 3 at Santa Anita before crowd of 65,473. Wins first race as trainer with Tempest Cloud, his seventh starter, at Hollywood Park June 30. Wins first stakes as trainer with Baldomero in Osunitas Handicap at Del Mar on Sept. 8.

1991: Suffers paralysis from neck down in one-car accident in San Dimas on April 8. Released from Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo. on Sept. 29. Wins first race after accident with Slinkee on Oct. 1. Wins first career Grade 1 as trainer with Alcando in Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park while hospitalized.

1992: With Paddy Gallagher as assistant, stable wins 25 races and $1,065,865 in purses. Stable star is Glen Kate, co-owned by Wayne Gretzky, who wins the Sequoia Breeders' Cup Stakes at Hollywood Park and Laurel Dash in Maryland.

1993: Trains Diazo to victories in Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita and Pegasus Stakes at Meadowlands. Stable wins 23 races, earns $1,090,010.

1994: Wins Strub Stakes with Diazo at Santa Anita in February. Stable earns only $965,141 and wins 23 races.

1995 and 1996: Stable wins 18 races and $713,410 in 1995 and 13 races and $598,328 in 1996.

1997: Announces retirement from training on Nov. 3.

1999: Attends Hollywood Park to watch Laffit Pincay Jr. score his 8,834th win and surpass Shoemaker as the world's winningest rider.