Don LaPlace, Former Jockey, NYRA Oddsmaker, Dies At 85

by | 11.06.2015 | 10:33am

F. Donald LaPlace, a former jockey and longtime morning line oddsmaker for the New York Racing Association, died Nov. 4 at his home in New York. He was 85.

LaPlace was born Jan. 20, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY. At 16, he began working for trainer Hirsch Jacobs and became a contract rider for him in 1947. It was during that time that he became the exercise rider for the champion Stymie.

In 1960, LaPlace took out his trainer's license; in 1965 he began working mutuals for NYRA, and shortly after, became NYRA's morning line oddsmaker. He held that job until he retired in 1995.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Joan R. LaPlace of Schuylerville.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10am Monday, November 9, 2015 at Notre Dame-Visitation Church with Rev. David Kelley, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2-4pm at Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave., Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Memorials can be made in his memory to General Schuyler Emergency Squad, PO Box 111, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Read more at Flynn Bros. Inc.

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