06/30/2012 7:28PM

Penn National: Former leading jockey Thomas Clifton dies at 43

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Thomas Clifton, 43, one of the top jockeys at Penn National for a 10-year period, died Friday following a two-year battle with cancer.

Clifton, a native of St. Louis, won 2,016 races during his career. He collected his 2,000th win at Penn National on July 15, 2010, his last season as a jockey. He became ill during the winter of 2010-2011.

Between 1999 and 2007, Clifton led the Penn National rider standings three times (1999, 2005, 2007) and was the runner-up in both 2003 and 2004. His best season came in 2003, when he won 204 races.

Pam Derr More than 1 year ago
The horse racing community has lost a fine young man! Thomas has brought many of my race horses to the victory finish line! His great racing talent, kind heart and bright smile will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Clifton family and friends. Blessings, Robert A. Derr & Family
Kimberly Rock More than 1 year ago
RIP Tom. Condolences to your family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too young. To his family and friends we are sorry for your loss. Penn National is a hardworking place for those riders. To lead the standings when he did meant a lot of cold nights. And probably early morning workouts. God Bless. Ray
Matties More than 1 year ago
condolences from the Matties Racing Stable. Gone too soon.
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
RIP lolk-DS