07/27/2013 6:35PM

Cary Fotias, handicapper and author, dies at 60

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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.

kram hslew More than 1 year ago
I have nothing to add. I will miss Cary because he was a nice man who made all of us better in many ways.
Joe Fox More than 1 year ago
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
David G. More than 1 year ago
Rest in peace my friend. It was you Cary who got me into handicapping tournaments and I will never forget you for this.
James Winters More than 1 year ago
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.
Rich Nilsen More than 1 year ago
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.
John DiFrangia More than 1 year ago
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
Bill Feingold More than 1 year ago
Beautifully said, John. He was one of a kind. But his memory has the ability to connect the friends he has all over. His spirit is with us stronger than ever.
dylbert More than 1 year ago
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.
Bill Feingold More than 1 year ago
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.