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.