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Beloved NYRA Oddsmaker and Jockey Donald LaPlace Dies at 85

November 6, 2015 |

Beloved NYRA Oddsmaker and Jockey Donald LaPlace Dies at 85 by Francis LaBelle: Donald LaPlace showed up at Hall of Fame trainer Hirsch Jacobs’ barn at Jamaica Racetrack looking for work. Fresh out of Brooklyn Prep, he was dressed in blazer and tie, slacks and well-polished shoes. He didn’t get the job. “Mr. Jacobs took one look […]