Don MacBeth

Donald MacBeth (August 29, 1949 – March 1, 1987) was a Canadian Hall of Fame jockey in North American Thoroughbred racing.[1]

Don MacBeth
BornAugust 29, 1949
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
DiedMarch 1, 1987 (age 37)
Career wins2,764
Major racing wins
Royal Palm Handicap (1973, 1983)
Black Helen Handicap (1974)
Lamplighter Handicap
(1974, 1977, 1978, 1979)
Massachusetts Handicap (1974)
Autumn Handicap (1977)
Columbiana Handicap (1977)
Dominion Day Stakes (1977)
Jockey Club Cup Handicap (1978)
Salvator Mile Handicap (1979)
Vagrancy Handicap (1979)
Dwyer Stakes (1980)
Bahamas Stakes (1981)
Comely Stakes (1981)
Firenze Handicap (1981)
Laurel Futurity (1981)
Suburban Handicap (1981, 1982, 1985)
Bertram F. Bongard Stakes (1982, 1984)
Ladies Handicap (1982)
Secretariat Stakes (1982)
Whitney Handicap (1982)
Astoria Stakes (1983)
Donn Handicap (1983)
Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (1983)
Juvenile Stakes (1983)
Cowdin Stakes (1984)
Damon Runyon Stakes (1984)
Frizette Stakes (1984)
Gotham Stakes (1984)
Hill Prince Stakes (1984, 1985)
Hopeful Stakes (1984, 1985)
Jerome Handicap (1984)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1984)
Blue Grass Stakes (1985)
Flamingo Stakes (1985)
Jamaica Handicap (1985)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1985)
Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap (1985)
Matron Stakes (1985)
Metropolitan Handicap (1985)
Spinaway Stakes (1985)
Widener Handicap (1985)
Washington, D.C. International (1985)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (1984)

International race wins:
Japan Cup (1982)

Racing awards
Avelino Gomez Memorial Award (1987)
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1987)
Monmouth Park Champion Jockey
(1978, 1979, 1980)
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1988)
Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund
Significant horses
Temperence Hill, Deputy Minister, Half Iced, Pine Circle, Vanlandingham, Chief's Crown

Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Macbeth rode horses at Alberta racetracks before going to race in the United States. Among horses of note, he rode Deputy Minister, winner of the 1981 Sovereign and Eclipse awards for Outstanding Two-Year-Old Male Horse in Canada and the United States. In Japan, MacBeth rode Half Iced to victory in the 1982 Japan Cup and Chief's Crown to a win in the 1984 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the 1985 Blue Grass Stakes, and the 1985 Marlboro Cup. He also won the prestigious Washington, D.C. International in 1985 aboard Vanlandingham for trainer Shug McGaughey.

A 1991 Southern Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper story referred to MacBeth as being "among the most respected of jockeys, known well for his gentle nature and integrity."[2]

MacBeth was the leading jockey at Monmouth Park for three years running between 1978 and 1980.[3] He won 2,764 races before cancer ended his racing career. For his significant contribution to the sport of horse racing, MacBeth received the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award and the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.[4]

A resident of Reddick, Florida at the time of his passing in 1987, the following year MacBeth was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

MacBeth Memorial Jockey FundEdit

After doing a show at a racetrack near Minneapolis, Minnesota, devoted fan and sometime racehorse owner, comedic actor Tim Conway had wanted to donate his fee to help former jockeys experiencing hard times but learned that no such fund existed. In cooperation with Don MacBeth's widow, Conway became a Co-Founder, Vice President, and member of the Board of Directors of the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund to assist injured and disabled riders. As of March 2007, the Fund had assisted more than 1,800 riders.[5]


  1. ^ "Don MacBeth". Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. 1988-01-01. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  2. ^ "Jockeys Soft For Cause". Southern Florida Sun-Sentinel. 1991-04-28. Retrieved 2019-07-06.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Rain Ruins Monmouth program" (PDF). The Daily Register (Shrewsbury, New Jersey). 1982-08-26. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  4. ^ "Don MacBeth Dies of Cancer at 37 : Fellow Riders Saw Him as a Champion". Los Angeles Times. 1987-03-03. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  5. ^ "Tim Conway helped injured jockeys through Don MacBeth Fund". The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky. 2019-05-18. Retrieved 2019-07-06.