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Cary Fotias, handicapper and author, dies at 60
By DRF Staff
Cary Fotias, founder and president of Equiform LLC, a New York City–based handicapping data company, and author of “Blinkers Off,” died in Calvary Hospital Friday night after a lengthy illness. Fotias was 60.
A member of the NTRA Players’ Panel and a board member of the Horseplayers Association of North America, Fotias worked to improve conditions for horseplayers and was a leading advocate for parimutuel takeout reform.
A noted handicapper and successful professional horseplayer, Fotias is survived by his wife, Mary; mother Anne; and sisters Andrea, Maria and Martha.
Services will be held Wednesday, July 31, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Farenga Funeral Home, 38-08 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, NY, 11105.
I have nothing to add. I will miss Cary because he was a nice man who made all of us better in many ways.
Mary, I am so sorry to hear of Cary's passing. I am a long time user of Cary's product and had the privilege of spending some days with him which was always a learning experience as well as a lot of laughs. Cary had such a passion for life and was always so optimistic. I have so many stories for which I'll always remember Cary. Everytime I bet a superfcta I always think of Cary as he taught me his superfecta betting plan. We were once at a OTB in Astoria when I asked Cary what is the best way to bet a superfecta. To this day that is the only way I ever play a superfecta. Besides being a genius he was the nicest person you could ever meet. My sincerest condolences. Joe Fox
Rest in peace my friend. It was you Cary who got me into handicapping tournaments and I will never forget you for this.
Very sad to hear of Cary's passing. I had the pleasure of sitting next to him in a contest on a few occasions. Great handicapper and more importantly a genuine and nice person. My condolences to his friends and family.
Loved Cary. I didn't know him that well, but every time I saw him at a tournament, it was like we were best friends. A great guy, great handicapper, who will be sorely missed.
Cary never met a stranger. He only met future friends. It is hard to describe Cary. He was complicated and stood steadfast to any position he held. To me, he is the last of a breed of horseplayers. One of the few true professional horse players. Blinkers Off is a book that I have read many times. He was a great handicapper and someone who backed it up at the windows. I enjoyed all of Cary's "war" stories. He enjoyed nothing mare than a great story with his friends. I was fortunate to get to know Cary and his wonderful wife Mary. The best always die too young. I will always cherish breakfast at Zorbas, in Asotria Queens, before the Belmont Stakes. I don't know if we will see another Triple Crown. But if it happens I will be there with thoughts of Cary and my father. RIP Cary; a great friend and better husband. My family is deeply sorry for your loss Mary. All my love JD
Great handicapper & great guy too! Enjoyed speaking with him several years ago when I purchased one of his products for Delta Jackpot card. I had minor issue with download and called 800 number. He answered and fixed situation. Tossed in another promo product for me, too. Best part, he & I talked about Delta Downs & Jackpot card for about 20 minutes. RIP Cary - the thoroughbred community will miss you.
The best handicapper I have ever known and an even better friend. Greek, there are no words to describe how much i will miss you.
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