03/16/2009 11:00PM

Tommie Morgan, Texas trainer, dies at 62


Tommie Morgan, who trained two Kentucky Derby starters and the crack sprinter Triple Sec, died Monday night in Fort Worth, Texas, following a lengthy illness. He was 62.

Morgan raced at tracks in Louisiana and Texas for more than 30 years, spending the past several years on the Texas circuit of Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Race Park, and Retama. Among the top horses he trained were Music Leader, who was 15th in the Kentucky Derby in 1982, and Encolure, who finished 10th in the race in 1985.

Other top horses for Morgan, who developed a number of 2-year-old stakes winners during his career, included Mastery's Gamble, who won 16 races and $406,943, and Amazing Trace, who was a three-time stakes winner at 2.

Morgan was a native of Cameron, Texas. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale, Texas. A visitation will be Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Morgan is survived by his wife, Jackie, as well as a son, Tommie, his wife, Amanda, and their three children, Taylor, Jaclyn, and Cooper. Morgan is also survived by his mother, Ruth, and a sister, Hannah.