JOHN SHEAR DAY - Celebrating 60 Years of Service

JOHN SHEAR DAY - Celebrating 60 Years of Service

JOHN SHEAR DAY – Celebrating 60 Years of Service!

SANTA ANITA’S RETIRED 100-YEAR-OLD PADDOCK CAPTAIN JOHN SHEAR TO BE HONORED BEFORE THE RACES ON OPENING DAY, FRIDAY, OCT. 1ST.

Santa Anita Park will honor recently retired Paddock Captain John Shear with the unveiling of a plaque in Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens prior to the races at approximately 12 noon on Opening Day of our Autumn Meet on Friday, Oct. 1st.

A native of England who originally aspired to be a jockey, Shear, who was employed by Santa Anita for 60 years, announced his retirement at age 100 this past June.  The diminutive five foot, five inch Shear gained worldwide notoriety for throwing himself into the path of an onrushing loose horse on March 12, 2011, potentially saving the life of a 5-year-old girl.

Fans are invited to witness the dedication of a plaque in Shear’s honor, located in close proximity to Shear’s working position just outside Santa Anita’s Seabiscuit Walking Ring.

In addition to the ceremony, fans are also invited to wish John a happy retirement themselves by filling out postcards that will be delivered to him. These free postcards will be available in the East Paddock Gardens.