Class of 1968
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Thomas "Tommy" Lawson Thompson, a native of Georgia who found his calling as
a Thoroughbred bloodstock agent in Kentucky, died at his home in Lexington May
23, 2013. He was 62.
Before his entry into the Thoroughbred industry, Thompson served as city
manager of Jasper, Ga., where he spearheaded a Special Olympics program and
worked to build a local mental health facility.
His love of horses would soon win out over other career paths, however. His initial
forays into racing and trading bloodstock began back in his home state of Georgia,
where he was involved in the Quarter Horse industry. But Kentucky was where he
longed to be, and in the mid-1980s, he moved to the Bluegrass, settling in
One of his early connections in the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky was Buck
Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky. Eventually, Thompson would help promote Buck
Pond's stallions Bernstein and Doneraile Court.
Primarily, however, he worked independently or in partnerships with friends, trading
bloodstock in the U.S. and on occasion in South America. Thompson also branched
out in the industry, operating a small horse transport company for a time.
He had a deep appreciation of the history of the sport and the breed. He had found
his home in Kentucky and his calling in racing. Often he would tell others he "lived
in heaven and worked in paradise."
Thompson is survived by his sister, Karen Coleman; and nieces and nephews,
Clint Johnson, Patrick Thompson, Ben Thompson, Traci Faulk, and Julie Webb.
Reprinted from www.BloodHorse.com
|Bloodstock Agent Tommy Thompson Dies at 62
By Blood-Horse Staff
Photo: Courtesy Thomas Lawson Thompson Family
Thomas "Tommy" Lawson Thompson