Accomplished Purpose, Says Judge Murphy, Daily Racing Form, 1922-10-15


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ACCOMPLISHED PURPOSE, SAYS JUDGE MURPHY Judge Joseph A. Murphy, who deserves more credit than any one else for the suc-cesfj of the Hawthorne meeting, made the following statement Saturday night after the running of the final race: "The Hawthorne meeting has accomplished the purpose for which it was started. It has drawn a tacit admission from the prop- erly constituted authorities and the so-called reform association so that a mere written request to place a commission, where there is no proof that the commission is placed, is not a violation of law. It further gave us the opportunity to show that racing can be conducted as a clean sport. "I gave my personal assurance to States Attorney Crowe and Sheriff Peters that would hold to strict account all persons under my jurisdiction for their conduct on the track and off it and if anyone was guilty anything that would embarrass their respective offices he would hear sharply from me. "In an open letter to the public I asked that even though opposed to racing to reserve judgment until we had finished and the verdict was that we had not conducted clean meeting I would ask no further suffrage. I rest my case on this bar of public opinion. "Our horses were nothing to boast of, but the owners raced them properly and the jockeys rode them cleanly and in the final ana!ysis that is the main thing. I could have had more and better horses after the first few days, but I felt that the horsemen who had had the courage to make the fight with me were entitled to the purse distribution ar.d no effort was made for more horses. We have kept faith in every way with horsemen. Our original proffer was a book of 4,000, running over twelve days. We strung the same amount over thirteen days. "A few races failed to fill, but every race was allowed to stand that offered any semblance of a contest. Our purses were paid every morning in certified checks." 5 2 r 1 t " j u " c e n I r of ,f !" n :. if l, :i a . IC lc. . r l n S- the 10 e s- -e n" id

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