Vincent Timphony, who saddled Wild Again to an upset victory in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Hollywood Park in 1984, died Monday, Dec. 13, at Arcadia Methodist Hospital in California, according to published reports.
The decision to take him off life support was made Dec. 11. He was admitted Dec. 4.
Timphony, 76, spent his whole life around racing. “He was born right behind the Fair Grounds and began going to the track as a little boy,” said Scarlet, his wife of 24 years. “Vincent won his first horse in a gin rummy game when he was 18. We are looking at the loss of one of the last Damon Runyan characters in the game.”
She said that Timphony’s early mentors were trainers Tennessee Wright and Marion Van Berg, who launched him on a career that began on a Midwest circuit of Louisiana, Arkansas and Chicago, and branched into New York, New Jersey, and Florida.
Timphony came to California in 1983, one year before the exciting and controversial Breeders’ Cup that resulted in a three-way photo finish and a nine-minute stewards’ inquiry before Wild Again's victory became official.
Following Wild Again, Timphony trained stakes winners Cobra Classic, Heaven Again, Wild Lightning, and Wild Again Miss in the 1990s. The last three named were by Wild Again.
In addition to Scarlet, Timphony's survivors include five children.