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In horse racing, where thousands of individuals contribute from behind the scenes to the well-being of the sport, special honors usually are won by an individual out in front whose record of achievement can hardly go unnoticed. When, as in the case of Willie Shoemaker's 1958 season, such a record is coupled with sportsmanship of the highest caliber, it is doubly noteworthy. For Shoemaker this was a fabulous year in the saddle: it brought close to 300 winners and (at the age of 27) his fourth national riding title. But beyond the cold record of Willie's winning rides on horses like Round Table, Gallant Man, Clem, Tomy Lee, Restless Wind and Intentionally, 1958 stands out for The Shoe as the year when he ultimately received unanimous acclaim from his fellow riders and the public as the most respected man in his highly dangerous profession.