OFF THE PACE: RICH GLAZIER A “GENUINE EVERYMAN”
If you bet regularly on the horses at Delaware Park at any time between the mid-1980s and 2019, then it is virtually impossible that you would not be aware of the work Rich Glazier did for the track.
That is because throughout those 33 years Rich was the Renaissance man at the track located, as he was fond of saying, in “steamy” Stanton, Delaware. Off-track bettors probably knew him for his work as paddock analyst on the in-house feed. Many local bettors were viewers of his replay show and previously his hour-long talk show, both of which were broadcast on cable-access.
Bettors at the track considered Rich an unofficial customer service liaison. As he walked through the facility he was never too busy to field questions and/or complaints from patrons.
Rich understood the mindset of handicappers because he had been a serious student of the game since the mid-sixties. His particular bailiwick was turf handicapping, which revolved around his decades-long study and tracking of profitable turf bloodlines.
- Joy and tears as Caravel sets sailPennsylvania-bred Caravel won the G3 Caress at Saratoga. in a bittersweet last start for breeder-owner-trainer Lizzie Merryman.
Rich took his job seriously, but he never took himself too seriously. He was self-deprecating and would try to spice up his broadcasts with homespun humor. You could say he was a genuine everyman, and that is one of the reasons he could connect with most every track patron.
Rich was a hard worker. Even as his health began failing over the last few years he gave 100% effort to his role. No duty was too small. Before the age of internet transfer protocols Rich was not above transporting the tape of the replay show to the broadcast facility himself.
Rich was a loyal employee and tried to promote the track not only because he loved the facility but also because he loved the game and wanted to see it grow.
On a personal note I had many conversations with Rich. I found him to be a genuinely nice man, as well as a knowledgeable handicapper. We weren’t close friends, but when my wife passed a few years ago, I was touched that Rich took the time to attend her memorial service. In part, he wanted to show his appreciation for my being a loyal patron of the track.
- Smiles all around as Sheldon Russell, Hello Beautiful win Alma NorthHell0 Beautiful’s facile Alma North win gave jockey Sheldon Russell his 1,500th win, netted her groom a big bonus, and led to smiles all around.
When I heard the news of his passing I felt sad, of course. But I also reminded myself that Rich was one of the few people I knew who truly loved his job.
If there is any justice, it would be appropriate that Rich would spend his afterlife the way he spent much of it on this earth: surrounded by friends and family and talking about racing.
Rest in peace Rich. You’ve earned it.