Judge Murphy in Chicago: Optimistic over Outlook for Chicago Business Mens Racing Associations Plans, Daily Racing Form, 1923-05-03


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| I I I JUDGE MURPHY IN CHICAGO Optimistic Over Outlook for Chicago Business Mens Racing Associations Plans. Joseph A. Murphy arrived in the city yesterday for a conference with the organization committee of the recently incorporated Chicago Business Mens Racing Association. He will leave Thursday liight for .Maple Heights, where racing starts Saturday, but will keep in close touch with the Chicago situation. / "I find nothing but optimism in our camp." he said "reports from members of the finance and organization committees indicate that there will a ready response to their invitation for club membership. Our forms hs-.ve been received from the printers and will be in the hands of our committee today. "We shall first complete our life membership of 250. When that has been accomplished, which should be within the next two weeks, we will call them together for organization and the drive for corporation stock will be launched. We feel that with 250 life members at ,000 each, we will be justified in breaking ground and starting the task of providing Chicagos greatest race track and sporting grounds. "I have told my people that we must not underestimate the task ahead of us. We must build racing in Chicago from the ground up. Under the credit system of commissions, which is the only legal method under the present laws, there will be thousands unable to place a commission and we must make our proposition so attractive that we can gradually subordinate the betting to the racing itself. "Our Derby for 1924. which will probably be known as Chicagos National Derby, will have an added value of 0,000 and will he a mile and a half, or one turn of the main track. Derby day will take care of itself, but we must strengthen the others. An orchestra of symphony size, horse show events, polo matches and other attractive features will serve to amuse the public between races. I learned something of Chicago public last fall when thousands attended the races and sat in their seats all afternoon with no chance to make a bet. It gave me new ideas on racing. My idea would be to place the admission within reach of all. With a uniform admission for men and women of .30. including war tax on Derby day. and .20 on ordinary days, I believe we can build racing into a popular pastime. "I shall place myself squarely on record against too much racing. One Vneeting of thirty-one days will be enough. I shall try to work in closest co-operation with the Xew York .lockey Club, the Kentucky Racing Com-m sison and the Canadian Racing Associations. Racing owes much to Matt Win. It has been the publicity given to the Kentucky Derby which has made possible the creation of public sentiment here and at St. Douis. where we are at the threshold of racing, and we shall try to work in closest harmony with Mr. Winn and his associates. "I think that Daily Racing Form can safely say to the breeders and horsemen of the country that Chicago racing is safely on its way." «

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