Racing to be Revived in Detriot.: Plans for Meeting next Summer Progressing---Influential Men Back of Project., Daily Racing Form, 1917-03-15


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RACING TO BE REVIVED IN DETROIT. Plans for Meeting Next Summer Progressing — Influential Men Back of Project. Windsor. Out.. March 14. — Quiet efforts that have now reached each a stage that full publicity i-aliout to be given seem to have neeaanuasaaal what the racing public of Detroit has long desired; the revival of the -port of the turf in that city. While harness racing has always flourished in the- City of the Straits, and the Blue Uibbon trots form the greatest and most noted meetings of the Grand Circuit, there has been no running meeting there since Highland Park was sold to become tta site of the Ford motor works. The racing at the old Grease Point" track was a memorable gathering of race horses from east and west, and the return of the sport has long been desired. With adequate equipment it may be anticipated that Detroit will send to races somewhere- within Wayii- County one of the greatest crowds of people ever known on an American track. That is now said to be assured, and so much progress has been made as to justify the expectation of a meeting next summer, which would lie under the direction of Jos. A. Murphy, who thus returns to a scene of earlier labor, as lie was the chief official of the Grosse Potato meeting of the Detroit Driving Club when Detroit had its first taste of thoroughbred racing. Dehind Sir. Murphy are such well- known tuxfneen as J. W. Schorr, the millionaire Tennessee breeder, whose stable is one of the strongest in America, and J. A. Gibson. Detroit contractor and horse- owner. Interest on this side of the river centers mainly on the probable- effect on the three tracks here, and it is generally eaaaUdered that Devonshire, which was the latest, and is not included in any circuit, will be the- chief sufferer by any selection of dates that may be decided on by Detroit. The oxpe-et-ition is that the mutuels will l e the means of -peculation, as they have- bei-n sanctioned by use for several years at the Blue Uibbon meltings, and have met with no objection. The state-law is so stringent that it has always been regarded as a dead tetter, and that fee-ling permits open lM»,king and pool se-lling at scores of meetings of harness racers throughout the state.

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