Turf Writer Vic Thornton, 80, Dies
Updated: Friday, August 15, 2003 10:54 PM
Posted: Friday, August 15, 2003 7:48 PM
Turf writer Vic Thornton died Aug 14 at his home in Boise, Idaho, the result of an apparent heart attack. He had celebrated his 80th birthday just a month ago, July 11.
He was a charter member of the National Turf Writers Association who watched 48 Kentucky Derbys from the Churchill Downs Press Box. He was also a regular at Breeders' Cup and frequented every major racetrack in North America and several tracks in England, Ireland, Scotland and France.
Thornton is a former reporter and sports editor for The Naperville Sun, a prominent weekly newspaper in a Chicago suburb, and a frequent contributor to racing and general interest publications.
As per his wishes, Thornton was to be cremated. No service is scheduled at this time.
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