04/12/2014 10:51PM

Crist shows significant improvement

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Steven Crist, the editor and publisher emeritus of Daily Racing Form, was in stable condition on Saturday and has shown significant signs of improvement, according to family members.

Crist, 57, suffered cardiac arrest last Sunday at his home in Long Island and was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition. He was upgraded to a stable condition after undergoing a successful surgical procedure on Friday, and he spent part of Saturday night watching the replays of the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby earlier in the day.

Crist, the author of several popular handicapping books and an autobiography, was part of a group that purchased the Form in 1997. Crist stayed on as editor and publisher emeritus after the group sold the company.

Crist co-founded the Racing Times, a competitor to the Form, in the early 1990s. He was also a vice president of the New York Racing Association from 1994-1996.