New President is Sought: Illinois Jockey Club after a Successor to Late Francis S. Peabody, Daily Racing Form, 1922-09-03


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NEW PRESIDENT IS SOUGHT1 Illinois Jockey Club After a Successor to Late Francis S. Peabody. A cherished ambition of Francis S. Peabody was to live long enough to see racing in a healthy state in Illinois. His sudden death took place a week ago last Sunday and his crossing the great divide left the most recent ambition of his life unrealized. He had business position, social standing in all quarters, had magnificent family relations, and was a loyal son of Chicago. He was an ardent lover of the horse and hoped to once again see the American lerby run. His pleasant face was always in evidence-at the Kentucky Derby with his friend and companion, Colonel Edward II. Bradley, anc1 his business associate,, Richard J. Collins. The blooded horse had a great fascination for him and oftentimes in his busiest moments he found time to discuss the merits of a close finish and how a result might have been different. Mr. Peabody had practically accepted the presidency of the Illinois Jockey Club and considered the plan of a membership corporation an ideal one to bring the sport back to Chicago. He often discussed the matter and was really enthusiastic on a logical plan to operate, and especially was he interested in getting the matter in tangible form to present at Springfield. When the presidency of tho Illinois Jockey Club was offered him he stated that he considered it a duty to try and do his part for the good of Illinois and Chicago, and, besides, it was in itself a great honor. He left many keen admirers, one in particular, Richard J. Collins. The Illinois Jockey Club has tendered the position to Mr. Collins, more so on account of their close relationship during the life of Mr. Peabody, and it is certain that Mr. Peabody would like to see; Mr. Collins take up the work where he left off. Possibly Mr. Collins, too, will look at the matter in the same light and will lend his hand to help promote the sport his lifelong friend dreamed of.

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