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James H. "Jim" Higginbottom

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Higginbottom, James H. (Jim)
passed away on December 27, 2013. James H. (Jim) Higginbottom died at his home in Phoenix on Friday, December 27. The cause was cancer.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Higginbottom served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War then returned to Detroit, where he attended the Rockham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan. He became a copy editor and turf writer at the Detroit News, covering national horse racing and writing a daily handicapping column. He was the Director of the National Turf Writers' Association. A great pleasure in his life was that he saw all the great horses of the era and saw every race Secretariat ran.
Mr. Higginbottom also served as a chief or senior racing official in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota. While in Michigan he supervised both quarter horse and thoroughbred horse racing and guided Michigan's quarter horse racing to the regulated pari-mutual level.
Mr. Higginbottom was appointed the first Director of the Arizona State Gaming Agency in 1993. When the Agency split he was appointed Director of Arizona Department of Racing, where he served until 2000.
Mr. Higginbottom is survived by his wife, Elaine Jordan, daughter Lisa Higginbottom, Henderson Nevada, son Lindsey Higginbottom and his wife, Gail Chapman, Whitmore Lake, Michigan, step-son, Matthew Wellens and granddaughter Brittany Higginbottom.
Memorials may be made to: , Phoenix AZ, and the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Little Falls, Minnesota.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 5, 2014
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