John McEvoy who was a writer and editor for Daily Racing Form covering all of Chicago tracks and all of the Midwest died Monday in a hospital near his home in Evanston Ill.
After covering Chicago and Arlington racing for years, in 1979 the Daily Racing Form promoted McEvoy to Midwest editor.
McEvoy was a mainstay in the Arlington press box, and was known for mentoring young writers seeking a career in the thoroughbred industry.
When the DRF closed its Chicago office in the 90’s, MCevoy became a senior correspondent and was based out of Chicago. He then later went on to become a successful novelist and dabbled in writing poetry.
Neil Milbert, his lifelong friend met McEvoy in the 70’s as he had just began covering horse racing for a Chicago newspaper publication. From that day in the press box on Neil considered John McEvoy to be one of his closest friends,
“He was a student of racing,” Milbert said. “He was a student of writing and was so extremely talented and it showed in everything he wrote. He was a kind and encouraging editor that never demanded something be corrected but rather encouraged the writer and personally offered his advice” Milbert explained. “He was just a great man, and did a lot of great things for a lot of people.”