Colorful Turf Writer-Trainer Feldman Dies at Age 85

Dave Feldman, a colorful Turf writer for Chicago newspapers and a veteran Thoroughbred trainer, died Monday at Weiss Hospital. He was 85. The cause of death was heart failure, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, where Feldman last plied his trade. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Piser Original Weinstein Chapel, 3019 W. Peterson, Chicago.

The newspaper's obituary began: "Dave Feldman was the king. Even in the 'sport of kings," the colorful world of horse racing, with its cranks and sages, characters and curmudgeons, Mr. Feldman stood above the rest as the pure soul of the sport, a man who did everything from owning and training horses, working the barn and, most famously, writing and handicapping with legendary skill. 'I could enter my horse in a race, handicap the event, call him home to the wire and interview the winning owner and trainer: me,' he once said."

"The key to Dave's longevity is a lesson for us all: He loved his work," Sun-Times sports editor Bill Adee said. "If he wasn't handicapping or writing, he was thinking of another way to sell more newspapers."

Feldman was named racing editor of the Chicago Daily News in 1969, and that year was named the top newspaper handicapper in the country by Turf and Sport Digest. Of 1,813 horses he picked, 28.7 percent came up winners.

Feldman was elected president of the Chicago Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, a position he held for 14 years. He was also the announcer at Sportsman's Park for 32 years.

As a tribute to Feldman, the Sun-Times is soliciting e-mail comments and stories about the late writer and trainer. The comments, which will be published by the paper, can be sent to

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