Steeplechase Rider Crompton ‘Tommy’ Smith Jr. Dies
Crompton “Tommy” Smith Jr., an accomplished steeplechase rider who won the Maryland Hunt Cup five times, died Tuesday at his home from complications of a riding accident suffered more than a decade ago. He was 75.
Smith won the Maryland Hunt Cup in 1959 on Fluctuate, and two years later, riding Simple Samson. His next three victories — 1963, 1964 and 1966 — were aboard Jay Trump, owned by Mary Stevenson.
In 1965, Smith piloted Jay Trump to victory in the Grand National at Aintree, becoming the first U.S. rider on an American horse to win the historic race. The pair also teamed up to win the Grand Steeplechase de Paris at Auteuil, France.
Smith is survived by his wife of 49 years, Frances, a son and daughter, two grandchildren, and a sister.