05/07/2014 3:01PM

Art Grace, sports reporter, dies at age 88


Art Grace, a longtime sports reporter for the Miami News who covered the south Florida racing beat, died on April 17, according to an obituary published in the Miami Herald. Grace was 88.

Grace worked for the Miami News from the early 1950s until the paper was shuttered in 1988, covering boxing and horse racing for nearly the entire tenure. He was also briefly a television critic for the paper. After the Miami News closed, he occasionally wrote feature stories on racing for the Daily Racing Form and Associated Press.

Grace was a familiar figure in the press boxes of Calder Race Course, Hialeah Park, and Gulfstream Park.

Born in Rockland, Maine, Grace served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1952, and shortly thereafter was hired by the News.