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James P. Conway

James P. Conway
Induction Year: 
1996

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   James Conway worked a variety of backstretch jobs before beginning his professional training career following World War II. 

   Conway began conditioning Thoroughbreds for Ben Whitaker with immediate success. His first stakes winner was Carolyn A., named for the daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro.

   Conway found considerable success with fillies and mares. He prepped champions Miss Request (1948 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly), Grecian Queen (1953 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly), Pucker Up (1957 Champion Older Female) and Primonetta (1962 Champion Older Female).

   In 1962, Conway took over as head trainer for Darby Dan Farm. One of his new charges was Chateaugay, full brother to distaff champion Primonetta. Under Conway’s direction, Chateaugay won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1963 en route to Champion 3-Year-Old Male honors.

   Other significant horses trained by Conway included My Request, Bramalea, Tahitian King, Verbatim, Prince Quest, Talent Show and Polylady.

   Along with his victories in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, Conway won the Delaware Oaks (2), Diana Handicap, Dwyer Stakes, Grand Union Hotel Stakes, United Stakes Hotel Stakes (2), Wood Memorial, Beldame Stakes (2), Excelsior Handicap (2), Brooklyn Handicap, Coaching Club American Oaks (2), Delaware Handicap, Massachusetts Handicap, Alabama Stakes, Jerome Handicap (2), Blue Grass Stakes, Spinaway Stakes, Whitney Handicap, and Haskell Invitational Handicap.

   James P. Conway was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1996.

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