Shear, born in England where he was raised as an orphan and briefly rode as an apprentice, arrived at Santa Anita in 1954 to work as an exercise boy.
News from around the world in our weekly round-up of international horse racing snippets.
Watch the video of a pulsating Blue Grass Stakes battle at Keeneland – plus major Kentucky Derby prep races at Santa Anita and Aqueduct.
Life Is Good is now 4-1 market leader for the Kentucky Derby after an eight-length romp in the G2 San Felipe under Mike Smith.
All the news, quotes and videos after another weekend full of significant prep races for the first Saturday in May.
All the latest news and quotes from Kentucky Derby prep races at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita
Watch the videos as wide-margin maiden winners for Godolphin and Doug O’Neill throw their hats into the ring on the Triple Crown trail.
Owing to Covid-19, John Shear will celebrate at home – but there’s a race named for him at his beloved racetrack.