06/12/2013 2:17PM

Edward Hotaling, reporter and racing author, dead at 75

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Edward Hotaling, a journalist who wrote three horse racing books, including two about African-American jockeys, died on June 3 at a hospital in New York City from heart disease, according to numerous reports. Hotaling was 75.

A native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Hotaling wrote “They’re Off! Horse Racing at Saratoga” (1995), “The Great Black Jockeys” (1999), and “Wink” (2002), a biography of the African-American jockey Jimmy Winkfield, one of the sport’s most prominent riders at the turn of the 20th century.

Hotaling was more widely known as an Emmy-winning journalist, most prominently for his interview with Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder that resulted in the oddsmaker being fired from CBS as a television sports analyst. In the interview, Snyder made remarks that were considered offensive to African-Americans.

Hotaling worked for the NBC television affiliate in Washington D.C. for 25 years. Early in his career, he was the Middle East bureau chief for CBS News.

Hotaling suffered a brain injury in a car accident in 2007. He retired and moved to New York to be closer to his family, according to reports.