07/02/2013 1:39PM

Herb Goldstein, former Daily Racing Form columnist, dies

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Herb Goldstein, a former columnist for Daily Racing Form who formed a racing partnership following his retirement from the paper, died on June 7 in an assisted-living facility in Boca Raton, Fla., according to family members. Goldstein, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and congestive heart failure, was 83.

Goldstein was a columnist alongside Joe Hirsch for much of the 1970s before retiring in the early 1980s to form Chaus Racing Stable with Bernie Chaus, the late founder of a company that was one of the largest producers of women’s clothing. The partnership raced the winners Mistaurian, Nastique, and Shaker Knit, who was humanely destroyed after he collided with a fallen horse in the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Based on the New York circuit, Goldstein wrote columns at a time when racing was enjoying its heyday. His daughter Carol Lustig said that Goldstein took pride in getting to the backstretch early so that he could interview all those connected to a horse, including grooms and hotwalkers.

“You could find him just as often browsing the boxes giving winning tips to celebrities such as Jack Klugman and Cab Calloway as down in the mud getting details directly from the jockey as he dismounted,” Lustig wrote.

Prior to being appointed as a columnist, Goldstein worked on the copy desk at the Form.

In addition to his daughter Carol, Goldstein is survived by his wife, Claire, and another daughter, Amy. In lieu of flowers or other condolences, members of his family requested that contributions to the Parkinson’s Foundation be made in his name.

GodofHellfire More than 1 year ago
Herb was a gifted writer, thoroughly professional and a genuinely nice man. What an All Star DRF group: Charley Hatton, Teddy Cox, Herb, Joe Hirsch and Jackie Wilson. Condolences to Claire, Carol and Amy.
Amy Goldstein More than 1 year ago
You must be from the press box, who is this? Thank you so much for your kind words.
Amy Goldstein More than 1 year ago
My dad loved working and being at the racetrack. Some of his best days were writing about the BIG horses of his day or when one of our horses won. I know he is up there watching the races and hanging out with his friends talking about who is going to win.
Laurie Kaye More than 1 year ago
Herb was a wonderful man and will be missed by many!
Amy Goldstein More than 1 year ago
Thank you Laurie
tim yu More than 1 year ago
RIP goldy