Hello Everybody, This is Danielle, Larry LaTour's daughter (username hezethebest). I wanted to let everyone know that early this morning, Larry passed away at 67 years old. My father was an avid fan of this forum & talking horse racing with his pals was one of the greatest joys in his life. He enjoyed spending time at Saratoga & considered you all great friends. Thank you for bringing that to him. <3
Post by PonyGirlJCM on Dec 17, 2020 4:01:43 GMT -5
I cannot find the words to express my emotions upon reading this.....heartbreaking news......My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Larry’s family.......may they find comfort in the warm and happy memories of him......
Can this year please just go away. I will really miss Larry's company at the Vegas tournaments where we shared some time and beers at the Orleans sports bar. One of the best turf handicappers I have ever met and will miss his "Larry's Picks" here. My condolences to his family and trust me when I say he will be missed. RIP Larry.
Post by johnnybattbd on Dec 17, 2020 9:01:47 GMT -5
I'm saddened to hear this news. Larry welcomed me to this group some 10 years ago and I have always appreciated that. He was always supportive and respectful and his absence will leave a big hole that can't be filled. John J Barile
Met him once at Belmont Park, along with a few others) years ago. He was here to handicap and gamble, representing the true spirit and bond of Upinclass.com Sad morning---condolences to his family and all that knew him well rip
When I saw the headline, I thought this post was about a recent successful tournament, but alas, this news is so sad. Never met Larry but enjoyed his camaraderie and insights in the races. R.I.P. Larry and Deepest condolences to his family.
Post by tenfurlongs on Dec 17, 2020 10:13:05 GMT -5
We are so very sorry for your loss Danielle. Please express our sincerest condolences to Maryann and the rest of your family. Larry was a special man, like a big brother to me. His kindnesses were innumerable, his faults invisible, and his laughter invaluable. One of my earliest memories of Larry was when he came to Albany for a handicapping tournament, at the old Teletheater. Colleen and I watched him play via the leaderboard (he cashed, no surprise), then sat down for a nice meal and some laughs. He made sure that we had a great time, and everything we needed. At the end of the evening, he insisted on taking care of the bill, even though we were the "home" team. I have too many (not enough?) stories from Saratoga, and I'll think of them fondly despite my sorrow.
Love you Larry, you were a true friend, mentor, and mensch. We will all be thinking about you, and the hole in our hearts.
Post by goldandmyrrh on Dec 18, 2020 1:25:48 GMT -5
I think Larry took great pride in personally meeting more of us than any other member. I was lucky enough to spend a day or 2 each year for awhile enjoying a day at the races at Gulfstream with Larry and Maryann. I'm saddened beyond words but I'll cherish and forever remember those days. To this day I still in my head can hear Larry screaming a runner down the stretch ending with one final SURGE. My heart goes out to Maryann and family. RIP Larry
Post by DoctorDisaster on Dec 18, 2020 15:46:35 GMT -5
A big smile and a firm handshake.That's my best memory.Every time and anywhere I bumped into Larry.At the Spa or OTB always in good spirits.But he did have a great competitive nature and put a lot of hard work in his handicapping.There were times I would stagger over to The Blanket to shoot the chit and see Larry dissecting the form.I would dare not interrupt his train of thought.He would tell you who he liked without hesitation.I'll miss you buddy. My heartfelt condolence to his loved ones. My father passed on a couple weeks past.One big difference was he was 97 not 67.Way too young to leave us Larry.I was thinking back then to name a race at the Spa for my father and his brother.My uncle Pat was an avid punter,my father not so much,he liked the market.Maybe we can get something going on those lines for Larry. "The Hezethebest Handicap" .Now we have to write the conditions.