A Notable Trio of Veteran Turfmen, Daily Racing Form, 1914-10-01


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A NOTABLE TRIO Or VETERAN TURFMEN. Louisville. Ky., September 30. Grouped together in the paddock at the Douglas Park track yesterday were a trio of turfmen, who only a few years ago were dominating ligures on the race tracks of tnis countrv These three men have all long since passed the threescore milestone of life, but are still . active, time having dealt kindly with thein. The men were Edward Corrigan, Capt. J. T. liams and Green IV. Morris, and it perhaps was the iirst time that three turfmen of their age, each of whom have saddled a Kentucky Derby winner, have come together on the same course. It was in 1SS-that Mr. Morris won the Kentucky Derby witii Apollo, while it was in 1SS5 that Capt. Williams scored with Joe Cotton and in 1S90 Mr. Corrigan won the great race with Riley. All three raced horses long before their Kentucky Derbv victories were achieved and in fact were prominent iu raciug circles us far back as the. middle seventies. Moreover, all were not only owners of Mourishing racing establishments, but ikillful trainees as wclL and the names of the great borses they have raced would make a lengthy; list. During their long careers on the turf, fortune many times smiled on these turfmen and there is hardly a great race run in America from 1873 until about ten years ago that their horses did not figure prominently in. To talk of these turfmen Is to-recall the feats of such stars of the turf of days gone bv as Freeland, Favor, Barsan, Checkmate, Lizzie Dwyer, Pearl Jennings, Huron, Miutzer. Fel-lowpluy, Ethel. Vera Cruz, Creedmour, Glockncr. Phil Dwyer. Long Taw. Bob Miles. Irish Pat, Judge Morrow, Scintlllant II., Sardonic, Rams Horn, Governor Gray, Handsome. McGee, Star Ruby, Vassal. Despot, Carey, Ilcltcr Skelter, Rosetree, Gold-bud. Strathincath and numerous others of similar reputation. With all three, was also closely associated the name of that great jockey. Isaac Murphy, who upon frequent occasions rode the various stars owned by these turfmen in some of the richest stakes won by their horses. To this day all three unanimously agree that Murphv has had no equal in the saddle iu this country. This trio of turfmen won several millious of dollars with their horses in stakes and purses on the American turf, and Mr. Corrigan went abroad for several seasons and won a fortune with his stable on the English race tracks. Viewed from every standpoint, ttie American turf will perhaps never see the counterpart of these three turfmen again. All lived in an era of strenuous times ou the race track. Mr. Morris is the only one of the trio who at present has aiiy horses in training. Captain Williams is living on his farm in Woodford- County and Mr. Corrigan is in business at Kansas City. All three speak in terms of the highest praise of the racing that is now conducted under the pari-nm-tuel system of betting at Douglas Park, and Messrs. Corrigau and Williams both remarked yesterday that it now looked so good in Kentucky that it was difficult to resist the impulse to come back to the turf with a racing stable. In their careers they have beeu closely associated with tracks where the pari-nmtuels with auction 61s were employed for betting purposes. They have seen these abolished in favor of the bookmakers and they have now again witnessed the supplanting of the bookmaker bv the miituel machines. Said Mr. Corrigan yesterday: "The nmtuels furnish the fairest mode of betting yet devised. The Raciug Commission has surely done wonders for the sport in Kentucky.

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