Judge Murphys Racing Wisdom: Legislation Not Essential to Revival of Sport in the West., Daily Racing Form, 1919-06-28


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JUDGE MURPHYS RACING WISDOM legislation Not Essential to Revival of Sport in the West ST LOUIS Mo June 27 Joseph A Murphy was asked as to the report that there would be racing at St Louis next fall fallThe The Racing Form story in respect to racing at St Louis was substantially correct except that we will not race next fall and when we do race it j will not be at Moxwelton MoxweltonWe We are picking our way carefully and when we move again we hope it will be on lines that will mean the perpetuation of racing during the life of the present generation generationRacing Racing whether protected by statute or not lives wholly by public sentiment and it is es ¬ sential in organizing that we should have the use of names of the most substantial members of the community We liave the these names and will move at the proper time timeI I have also provided for the participation of horsemen as stockohlders and have taken the matter up informally with Major McDowell president of the Thoroughbred Horse Association This is a delicate problem Participation by horsemen where racing is not governed by a commission must include the surrender by them to competent of ¬ ficials the full power to enforce all rules and regu ¬ lations If the owners of the tracks also own the the horses and employ the jockeys and officals the rocks are near With everything clean thorough ¬ bred form can sometimes turn some wonderful somersaults and it is essential that collusion should not be charged by the public publicThe The revival of racing in the west will not come through legislation We must find the means to race under the present statutes and let any legis ¬ lation back in There are three big western states in which I believe racing could be established under the present laws Tills might seem like egotism but it must not be forgotten that I devised the system of betting that stood the test of the Supreme Court in Louisiana and have outlined a system here that has been accepted by the press and auhorities as strictly within the law lawI I shall proceed no more as a promoter The Grand Rapitis venture was designed purely to bring into the courts of Michigan the racing question without making a moot case I found that every promoter in the United States had a halfmile track in Michigan laid out for himself ami laid the scheme on ice iceIf If the horsemen and breeders wish to furnish me with the financial and others means and secure an organization powerful enough to keep promoters from reaping the benefit of their constructive program I will lend my best efforts to the reestablishment of western racing

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