This Sunday, June 2, has been declared “Tim Conway Day” in the city of Arcadia, Calif., and the late comedic giant will be memorialized with a race named in his honor at Santa Anita, following which, Tim Conway, Jr. will be presented with a proclamation from the city in a Winner's Circle ceremony.
“I can't think of a better place for all of us to come visit Dad's money than right here at The Great Race Place,” said Tim Jr., who hosts the popular “Tim Conway Jr. Show” weeknights from 6 to 10 p.m. on KFI, AM 640. “Although he seldom cashed, he had so many great moments here, and at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. I truly believe he'd be thrilled to know that a bunch of us are going to be getting together and trying to bet on the winner of his race!”
The “Tim Conway-Dorf Half Cup” will be carded as Sunday's sixth race, with a Winner's Circle ceremony to follow. Conditions of the race, including age, sex, distance and surface are all unknown at this time. “Keep 'em guessing,” quipped Conway, Jr.
Born Dec. 15, 1933, near Cleveland, Ohio, Tim Conway, who at one time aspired to be a jockey, passed away following a lengthy illness at age 85 on May 14.
A tireless advocate for injured riders, Conway and his wife Charlene, along with Chris and Judy McCarron, founded the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockeys Fund in 1987 and raised money to assist more than 2,000 jockeys over a distinguished 25-year-run.
One of the most naturally funny American-born comedians of all-time, Conway, through one of his characters, jockey Dirk Dorf and in numerous other appearances on national television, brought continued high profile exposure to Santa Anita and Thoroughbred racing.
A video honoring Conway, which includes time spent at Santa Anita, will be part of the Winner's Circle ceremony on Sunday.
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