Retired horseman Thomas Jefferson (Tommy) Luther, who played a key role in the formation of the Jockeys' Guild, died on Jan. 27 at a Saratoga Springs, N.Y., hospital. He was 92.
Luther's career spanned more than 50 years. He owned, rode, and trained horses, but it was his contribution to the Jockeys' Guild that earned him a special place in racing history.
During the early days of the guild, Luther was suspended by Santa Anita stewards for a year. Several years ago, when Luther was being honored for his contributions to the organization, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said "Jockeys across America owe Tommy and (wife) Helen Luther a debt of gratitude, and I'm thankful I was given a chance to get to know them."
Luther's survivors include Helen.