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Old 11-18-2022, 06:04 AM   #1
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Dave Litfin

Sad news today.

One of DRF's main contributors for many years passed today after a battle with cancer. 64 years old. Much too young.

I recall reading many handicapping articles and selections from Dave when the DRF was our daily bible and required weekend reading.

https://www.drf.com/news/former-drf-...in-dies-age-64

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Old 11-18-2022, 06:32 AM   #2
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Very sorry to hear this. RIP
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Old 11-18-2022, 07:21 AM   #3
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Dave was a good man. We had mutual respect for each other. I really liked him and I missed his analysis when he left DRF. He used to put in bits of information such as pedigree or trip notes that take time to research and were very helpful to handicappers and bettors.

This is the second colleague the handicapping world lost recently as Dave Brower passed a few weeks ago and he was also very well-liked and admired.
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Old 11-18-2022, 07:48 AM   #4
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As Pandy said, Dave was a fine man.

Over the years we had only occasional contact mostly via Facebook in the last decade or so.
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Old 11-18-2022, 09:23 AM   #5
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Had a couple long conversations with him during breaks in Las Vegas at the national handicapping forum ……..he was engaging and enjoyable to chat with at that time. Conversed about racing and some other current event topics of the day. Imagine he will be missed by many in racing. Sad to hear of his passing at such a young age. My deepest sympathies to his loved ones.
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Old 11-18-2022, 10:09 AM   #6
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This is terrible news.
His 'Expert Handicapping...' book was a favorite of mine. I hadn't yet heard of Ragozin & Thorograph, and it was this book that introduced me to some of the concepts used by those guys.
I still have my copy. Think I'll give it another look today.

So sad to hear of his passing
RIP Dave
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Old 11-18-2022, 10:18 AM   #7
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i actually just leafed through both expert and real life handicapping the other day. very sad news to hear.


rip dave litfin
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Old 11-18-2022, 10:36 AM   #8
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I'm trying to remember who he replaced when he took over as the main NYRA guy for the DRF. He provided many, many good years of solid work. RIP Dave Litfin.
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Old 11-18-2022, 11:04 AM   #9
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Only 64. Very sad.

Public handicappers have an extremely difficult job. Litfin was excellent at it. He taught a lot of gamblers a lot about how to handicap and bet better.
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Sad news.

I have a couple of his books. Way too young.

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Old 11-18-2022, 11:35 AM   #11
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His DRF column was the highlight of the day. The guy was a very good writer.
Sorry to hear this awful news.

I just recently replaced my lost copy of his book....Thanksgiving will be a nce quiet day to pour a few and re-read it.
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Replaced Mike W. R.I.P. Great guy!!
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sad loss, RIP
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Rest in Peace. He was younger than I thought he would be as I remember him from way,way back. He must have started being popular at a young age.
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Replaced Mike W. R.I.P. Great guy!!
Watchmaker? That sounds right. At first I was thinking Mike Welsch - and that DIDN'T sound right, though he's apparently been there since 1972 (and the photograph on the website has to be circa 1982)

Would Watchmaker have been the DRF NYRA guy when I first cracked open a broadsheet DRF eastern edition in 1979-80? I can't remember.
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