According to Wikipedia: "Jay Hector MacLarty (December 30, 1943 – December 23, 2010) was an American entrepreneur and novelist. Jay MacLarty was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa. His early years were spent in Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota. By the time he was thirty he had owned restaurants, nightclubs, and liquor stores, then founded a string of retail stores and a software company. He wrote one of the first computerized handicapping programs for thoroughbred racing."