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Richard J. Goetz, a onetime groom who went on to become an owner, breeder, and proprietor of Richard J. Goetz Horse Transportation, died Saturday at age 71. A funeral mass was scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at Schoen Funeral Home on S. Tyler Street in Covington, La., with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. . . . Elmer R. Rorick, a trainer based for many years in Hot Springs, Ark., who also raced horses on the Chicago and Louisiana circuits, died Dec. 10 in Joplin, Mo., at age 86. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carmen, as well as two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.