Out of the Gate with ... Faith Conroy
Faith Conroy is a movie co-producer, writer and script supervisor. Her most recent writing work is on “50 to 1,” the story of Mine That Bird’s journey to an unlikely victory in the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Conroy has also worked on such films as “Thor,” “Deep Impact,” “Date Movie,” and “Water for Elephants.”
Name: Faith Conroy
What I do for a living: Movie co-producer, writer and script supervisor
How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: In 2007, Jim Wilson invited a group from the crew of the movie “Swing Vote” to watch one of his horses run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. It won.
My favorite racetrack: Santa Anita Park
My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Kentucky Derby
Other sports/teams I follow: Professional tennis, specifically any matches played by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro.
What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: Winning tickets!
What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Losing tickets
Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Excitement, friends, fun
First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Santa Anita Park
Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Wilsy’s Wonder. Jim Wilson bred him. He couldn’t stand when he was born, was bottle-fed until he could, and grew up to be a beautiful and strong horse. Because he didn’t like racing all that much, Jim brought him home to live with us. He’s such a sweet boy.
My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Taking Wilsy home to live with us
Best racetrack food can be found at: Santa Anita Park
My favorite jockey: Calvin Borel
My favorite trainer: Chip Woolley
My heroes: All the artists, athletes and dreamers of the world
Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Jim Wilson, always
My philosophy on life: Go after your dreams no matter what anyone says.
Favorite quote or motto: “Life ain’t worth much if all you do is play it safe.” (Chip Woolley in the movie “50 to 1”)
Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Professional tennis
Favorite food: Anything greasy, salty or full of sugar
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere I go with a backpack and a tent
Favorite city: I prefer the woods.
Favorite musician/band: I love all music
Favorite all-time movie(s): “Peter Pan” (the one with Jason Isaacs and Jeremy Sumpter), “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “The Full Monty,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Michael,” “Dances with Wolves,” and many, many more.
Favorite TV show: “Northern Exposure”
Favorite hotel: L'Auberge in Del Mar, Calif.
Websites I visit daily: Yahoo!
What I drive: 1992 Honda Civic
Pet peeve: Mean people
Favorite movie about horse racing: “50 to 1”
Which actor would play me in a movie: I'd beg Sandra Bullock to do it because she's amazing.
Alma Mater: University of Montana
Favorite radio shows/channels: NPR
Best book I recently read: “Illusions,” by Richard Bach
Favorite memento: Photographs
Favorite dessert: All of them
Favorite drink: Coke
Favorite scent: Orange blossoms
What I like about my job: Everything
Favorite Tech gadget: iPad
Twitter handle: I don’t have one
People I follow on Twitter: Nobody
No. 1 Bucket-List item: Wildlife tour of Africa