Soon Ready for Chicago Test: Judge Murphy Confident of Success Here and In St. Louis Plan Organization of International Jockey Club, Daily Racing Form, 1922-07-13


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SOON READY FOR CHICAGO TEST JUDGE MURPEY CONFIDENT OF SUCCESS HERE AND IN ST. LOUIS PLAN ORGANIZATION OF INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY CLUB Joseph A. Murphy, who has spent the last few days in conference with those who are actively aiding in the work of reviving thoroughbred racing in Chicago, left last night for Cleveland, where he will serve as presiding steward of the Maple Heights meeting. "I could make a lot of promises as to the future of racing here, but would prefer simply to say that I am more confident than ever of success. I have spent most of my time with our attorneys. Henry Seligman, who is looking after our test cases, is about ready. We shall associate with him another prominent attorney. We havo plenty of time. Our lease and option of purchase on the Hawthorne track is not effective until September, as the government will not surrender possession until then. By that time we will know whether we can race successfully under the present lav or must wait on the legislature. I will return to Chicago July 29, the closing day of Maple Heights. "We are not only building in Chicago, but we are fashioning a fabric for unifying the independent tracks into a powerful governing body which will probably be known as the International Jockey Club, with Chicago as the center setting. I have the approval of the controlling interests in the Devonshire, Thorncliffc, Maple Heights, Toledo. Jefferson at New Orleans, and the City of Mexico for the plan. When the Chicago venture is safely launched I will take up the revival of racing in St. Louis, where a powerful organization is ready to move. "Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Toronto, Windsor, Toledo, Jefferson, New Orleans and the City of. Mexico would give us the foundation for a real organization. We would establish reciprocal relations with the New York Jockey Club, the Canadian Racing Associations, the Kentucky, Maryland and other commissions and associations operating tracks. "Uniform licenses for horsemen, a central office in charge of a competent secretary, officials of international reputation employed by the year, a master of transportation to look after the shipment of horses and comfort of horsemen, and short, snappy meetings for big purses and stakes would bring racing in the Middle West to a place in -public confidence that it has never bafone onj9d." .

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