Watch: Late Tim Conway remembered for contributions to horse racing

May 14, 2019 05:38pm

Comedian Tim Conway, who died Tuesday at age 85, leaves behind not only a legacy of laughs, but of a strong record supporting and promoting horse racing.

The Emmy Award winner founded the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund along with Chris and Judy McCarron in the 1980s. In the same decade he received the Turf Publicists of America's Big Sport of Turfdom Award.

The foundation has since stopped operating, but it preceded a modern day equivalent, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Conway also owned some horses, and the Daily Racing Form ranked his silks among its "Top 10 most eclectic." The back of them read: "No passing."

Among the Carol Burnett Show star Conway's many roles was that of Lyle Dorf, who showed up as a jockey for this interview with Johnny Carson.

The Breeders' Cup on Tuesday published file footage of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who remembered Conway on a championships broadcast.

"It just grabbed me right there," Baffert said. "I saw that, and to me, if it hadn't been for the Breeders' Cup -- that one show -- I'd probably still be wearing a cowboy hat down at Los Alamitos riding quarter horses."

Many were also quick to share an insightful conversation between Conway and Trevor Denman, who all these years later is still calling the races at Del Mar.


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