01/22/2014 12:23PM

Leading steeplechase trainer Tom Voss dies at age 63

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Tom Voss won five National Steeplechase Association championships as leader trainer.

Veteran steeplechase and flat trainer Thomas H. Voss died at his home in Monkton, Md., on Jan. 21. He was 63.

Originally an amateur rider, Voss began training in 1973 and trained his first steeplechase winner in 1975 when Aruhapy won at My Lady’s Manor. Voss won five National Steeplechase Association championships as leading trainer and campaigned steeplechase champion Slip Away in 2010. Voss won back-to-back Maryland Hunt Cups with Florida Law and Welter Weight in 1998-99 and won the Grade 1 American Grand National at Far Hills, N.J., with Quel Senor in 2001 and Your Sum Man in 2009.

Voss campaigned John’s Call to win the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga in 2000, making the gelding the oldest Grade 1 winner at age 9. The $1.5 million-earner also won the Turf Classic that year before finishing third behind Kalanisi in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Voss also campaigned flat stakes winners Dreadnaught, Always First, and Royal Bench.

Voss’s grandfather, Edward Voss, moved to Maryland in the late 1930s, purchasing Atlanta Hall Farm, where Voss lived. Atlanta Hall is the site of the annual Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point. Tom Voss’s great uncle, Franklin Voss, was a prominent sporting artist. Tom Voss was joint master of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt.

Voss is survived by his mother, Mrs. Edward S. Voss; wife, Mimi; son, Sam Voss; daughter, Elizabeth Murray; stepson, Matthew McKnight; and grandchildren.

Lucio Clerico More than 1 year ago
can we name a grass or hurdle race at saratoga in his honor?
DRFager132 More than 1 year ago
so sad to hear this tragic news, Tom Voss was the ultimate trainer and one whom cared deeply for his horses, it will not be the same at Saratoga without him.
Jeff Ramsey More than 1 year ago
Tom Voss will be sorely missed in the horseracing world, especially in the steeplechase division. He and is lovely wife Mimi, along with my family and I shared many fun and happy afternoons watching the Tom Voss trained Ramsey horses compete at the highest levels. We will always cherish the fond memories of our families together at the 2010 Eclipse Awards when the Voss trained "Slip Away" won the Eclipse for steeplechase horse of the year. Our deepest sympathy to Mimi, Elizabeth and his entire family, especially Genevieve who will miss growing up with a grandfather who loved her so much. Sincerely, Ken and Kathern Ramsey
Scott Alexander More than 1 year ago
We all going to miss him including his horses that always got soft peppermints at 9pm everynight. I loved shipping his horses, he taught me so much.
Lucky P More than 1 year ago
I am sad to read this news. One of my favorite trainers of all time. Andy Plattner
Barbara Livingston More than 1 year ago
There wasn't a better horseman in the game…I greatly admired and loved the man. Deepest condolences to his family.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Tom was a champion horseman, he could put one over on the flats as well. Was he sick? Pitty the young go so young
P More than 1 year ago
Another article cited that he had a heart attack. His talent was indeed evident with horses over fences or flat, it didn't matter as he still put many into the winner's circle. An honest horseman who perhaps was more knowledgeable than others because he had been a rider originally.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
was always a force in the jumps
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Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
Dear DRF editing department...Why do u allow morons on this site who's posts have nothing to do with horseracing...This is a f***ing joke...this article is about a good man,a good horse trainer...any replys that have nothing to do with Mr Voss should be omitted....COMMON SENSE PEOPLE!!!!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Flag it Mike, so the moderator can rub it out.