untitled, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-30


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CHICAGO DERBY OF 5,000 To Be Run at Hawthorne on Saturday, July 12 T Judge 3Turphy Leaves for Bowie After Two "Weeks of Detail Work in Connection "With Local Iiaclng. "With the announcement that a 5,000 Chicago Derby will be run at Hawthorne on tho afternoon of July 12, over the mile and a quarter route, Judge Joseph A. Murphy, general manager of the Chicago Business Mens Racing Association, left yesterday for Bowie, where he is to serve in the stewards stand. Judge Murphy had been in Chicago for two weeks conferring with his associates in the Chicago Business Mens Racing Association, and before going to Maryland said that substantial progress had been made in the Chicago racing situation, and that by the time lie returns, the day after the Bowie meeting ends, he is confident that he will bo able to make definite announcement of complete Chicago racing plans for the coming season. Reviving the Chicago Derby marks the first step in a policy to bring back a number of the old-time fixtures which occupied feature places on the Hawthorne programs of a quarter of a century ago. The Hawthorne Derby was revived last year and was for a value of 0,000. It was won by Carl "Wiedemanns In Memoriam, the colt that later in the year raced Zev into defeat at Latonia. It was known as the Illinois Derby, but Judge Murphy, looking to a permanent rebuilding of racing in Chicago, was of the opinion that several of the historic fixtures of another day should be brought back and that Chicago patrons again should be afforded the opportunity of seeing them decided. Before his departure for Bowie, Judge Murphy conferred at length here yesterday with V. A. "Billy" Myers who- has come on from the East to take charge of .the improvement work which is contemplated at Hawthorne and to convert the Cicero plant into as modern a home for thoroughbred racing as is possible. Billy, who first gained fame for making a real beauty spot out of the old Harlem track in Chicago, arrived on Friday morning and at two oclock that afternoon was surveying the Hawthorne grounds in company with John Keegan with whom he is to share the responsibilities of getting Hawthorne into racing shape. I will begin work on the stables and track first in order to get them ready for the horses and horsemen," Myers said. "Then I think we will have ample time to improve the grounds and stands before our racing season opens," he said. Horsemen have been asked to stay away from Hawthorne until the improvements are well on their way to completion and a number who had planned to ship here direct from winter tracks have changed their plans and are shipping to Kentucky and elsewhere until such time as they can again move to the local course.

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