Santa Anita News
LARRY BORTSTEIN MEMORIAL SET FOR FEB. 24, VETERAN TURF WRITER PASSED AWAY JAN. 31
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2010)—A memorial service for longtime turf writer Larry Bortstein, who passed away at age 67 on Jan. 31, will be held in Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Restaurant on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m., following the afternoon’s races.
Bortstein, who at the time of his death, was a regular contributor to the Orange County Register and the California Thoroughbred Magazine, succumbed from the effects of a pulmonary embolism he suffered at his home on Jan. 23.
A native of New York, Bortstein authored more than 20 books and covered all major sports for various publications for more than 40 years. He also served as Santa Anita’s Assistant Director of Publicity in the mid ‘80s.
His longtime friend and colleague, Bill Christine, a retired multiple Eclipse Award-winning staff writer for the L.A. Times, will emcee the service.
In addition to sports, Bortstein also had a passion for music, and in particular singing. He was a member of a barbershop harmony group and had sung professionally to help support his family since he was a small boy.
Bortstein is survived by his wife, Pat, a daughter, Christy, son Steve and grandson, Jeff.