Tim Capps, Former Racing Executive, ‘Ultimate Mentor,’ Dies at 71

Longtime Thoroughbred racing executive, journalist and most recently director of the Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville, Tim Capps, died Saturday at the age of 71. Capps had been hospitalized since mid-February following a stroke.

Tributes to Capps flowed in on social media, many from former students in the U of L College of Business, which houses the Equine Industry Program where Capps taught courses in addition to his duties as director.

“Tim loved to teach and his name was synonymous with the horse industry,” said Todd Mooradian, dean of the College of Business. “We will miss his dedication to our equine program and our students, as well as his enthusiasm for an industry that is one of the foundations of the Kentucky economy.”

“Tim Capps was the ultimate mentor,” wrote former student Christine Oser on her blog. “He was the director of the University of Louisville's Equine Industry Program and a professor, but more importantly he became a second father to all the students that passed through. All who knew him know that signature Capps smirk, that look over his glasses that makes you think you're in trouble, and the sarcasm that made Capps, well, Capps.”

According to the College of Business, Capps also taught a training program for racing industry officials and was a horse industry consultant on marketing, communications, business management, gaming and legislative and regulatory issues.

Prior to coming to the University of Louisville, Capps served in several other capacities within the Thoroughbred industry. He was the executive vice president of the Maryland Jockey Club; executive vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association/Maryland Million; vice president of Matchmaker Racing Services; editor and publisher of Thoroughbred Record Magazine; and director of operations for The Jockey Club.

Capps was also a veteran of the U.S. Army and had earned the rank of captain.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and a daughter, Meredith, of Washington, D.C.

A few of the tributes following Capps' death that were posted on social media:

Tim Capps' death is a real kick in the gut. He was a man of extraordinary intellect and wisdom. The racing industry has lost a jewel. #RIP

— Marty McGee (@DRFMcGee) April 23, 2017

My thoughts on the passing of Tim Capps, who made such a difference in the lives of his students #RIP pic.twitter.com/Am0iJCevDp

— Laurel Humbert (@stakesplaced) April 24, 2017

Always enjoyed speaking at one Tim Capps' UofL classes. We always ended up talking at least an hour afterward about everything. 1/2

— Eric Mitchell (@BH_EMitchell) April 24, 2017

Visiting the U of L campus will never be the same without the heckling about Arizona from Tim Capps. He will be greatly missed.

— Steve May (@USHorseman) April 23, 2017

I tried to find the words… Tim Capps is one of those people who make saying goodbye awfully hard.https://t.co/ykXjX8fXUj

— Christine (@MakeMineTrimmed) April 23, 2017

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