I caught this sad piece in the New York Post yesterday. I first met Rick Lang at the World Series of Handicapping at Penn National in 1993. They used to seat you alphabetically there and Rick sat next to me at all 4 of my finals. Typically, Greg Knepper would sit to Rick's left and then Artie Kaufman (of Tomlinson #'s fame) sat to the left of Greg. To my right would be current DRF prognosticator for the NYRA circuit Dave Litfin completing the veritable "Murderer's Row" of handicappers.
I always liked Rick and thought we were going to lose him in 1997 or 1998 when he showed up at the WSH severely challenged as he battled a cancer. He beat it and looked great in 2010 when I last saw him in the Club House at the Spa. Rick was a real gentleman and with his passing I dare say the rest of the handicapping world now moves up a notch on the handicapping ladder as Rick was clearly better than most.
Rest In Peace, Rick!
Former Post picker Rick Lang dies at 62
By ED FOUNTAINE
Rick Lang, the lead horseracing handicapper and Through the Binocs columnist for The Post from 1990-1999, passed away Jan. 1 at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, Ca. He was 62.
A 1971 graduate of the University of Miami, Lang worked on the backstretch as an assistant to trainers Arnold Winnick, Tommy Kelly and John Tammaro. Before coming to The Post, he was a chartcaller for the Daily Racing Form and a handicapper for the Bergen Record and Asbury Park Press.
One of the nations top turf prognosticators, Lang won handicapping tournaments at the New Haven Teletheater in 1999 and Aqueduct Racetrack in 2002, and twice finished third in the World Series of Handicapping at Penn National. He was also an avid golfer and hockey player.
In recent years, Lang hosted the daily A.M. Saratoga morning TV broadcast for New York City OTB. He is survived by three brothers and 11 nieces and nephews. A memorial service is being planned for later this month in Summit, N.J.
She had been quite ill for awhile, Elk. A nice lady who worked the Coast Resort events since they started in the late 90's. I made 2 of their events last year (HPWS and Summer Classic) and she was not working then. They had a huge card that most signed at the Summer Classic for her. R.I.P. Randi!
Randi had a great sense of humor. She had the perfect balance of "giving you the business", but never making you feel bad.
Professionally, I found her to be always accomodating and very concerned with making the tournaments a great experience for the players. The huge upgrade in the lunches was due to her efforts this year as well.
I would only see her a couple times a year, but she always left me smiling. Randi was way too young. We are all going to miss her, especially Debbie.