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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Edited Gulfstream Staff Release — Longtime turf writer Jim Freer, who covered Florida horse racing for several decades, passed away March 17 of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 74.

Freer, who was passionate about the sport and business of racing, particularly Florida Thoroughbred racing, wrote for the BloodHorse, Miami Herald, South Florida Business Journal and, most recently, was founder of Jim loved attending the races, meeting owners, trainers, jockeys and executives, and was always thinking of ways to publicize the sport.

Freer grew up in upstate New York. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Holy Cross and a master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held soon at Gulfstream Park

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