Tim's Memorial will be held on Monday, May 22nd, 11:30am, Westport Road Baptist Church, 9705 Westport Rd. Louisville, KY 40241
Timothy T. Capps, former Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Million executive and Maryland Horse/Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred editor, died April 22 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, Ky., of complications from a stroke he suffered in February. He was 71.
In a statement from the University of Louisville College of Business, where Capps had been director of the Equine Industry Program since June 2011, dean Todd Mooradian said, “Tim loved to teach and his name was synonymous with the horse industry. 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.” The statement also noted that Capps taught courses in equine marketing, management, and communications and industry issues as well as a direct training program for racing industry officials. He was a horse industry consultant on marketing, communications, business management, gaming and legislative and regulatory issues.
Capps had worn many hats in the industry over the decades, among them executive vice president of the Maryland Jockey Club; vice president of Matchmaker Racing Services; editor and publisher of Thoroughbred Record Magazine; and director of operations for The Jockey Club.
He came to the MHBA in September 1995, taking over the posts of Richard W. Wilcke, who had moved on to join the University of Louisville College of Business faculty. Capps, then vice-president of communications at Laurel Park and Pimlico, assumed the roles of executive vice-president of MHBA, executive director of Million Million and editor of Maryland Horse and Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazines, at the time published bi-monthly. One of the changes Capps made during his six-plus years with MHBA was to make Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred a monthly magazine (in September 1997). He was also editor when Don Clippinger won an Eclipse Award for outstanding achievement in magazine writing, a first for the magazine, in 1996. The concept for the story “Focusing on the big picture: how TV relates to racing” was offered by Capps to Clippinger.
Capps resigned from those positions on January 1, 2002, to become executive vice-president of the Maryland Jockey Club.
During his career, Capps also worked as a stock broker and an investment counselor. He was 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 memorial will be held on Monday, May 22, 11:30 a.m. at Westport Road Baptist Church, 9705 Westport Rd, Louisville, KY 40241.