Bill Shoemaker may have been absent from the running of the stakes named in his honor at Hollywood Park, but he wasn't forgotten.
While racing's all-time winningest jockey continued to undergo treatment for paralysis at a Colorado hospital on Sunday, Gary Stevens rode Exbourne to a three-quarter-length victory in the $110,300 Shoemaker Handicap."It feels good to win it (The Shoemaker Handicap)," Stevens said. "If you're watching out there anywhere Shoe, we're all thinking of you and we all love you."
A ceremony then took place dedicating the track's revamped winner's circle to Shoemaker. But, perhaps more importantly, Hollywood Park chairman R.D. Hubbard announced the formation of the Shoemaker Foundation that will raise funds to help defray costs of Shoemaker's rehabilitation.