Jefferson Park is Sold: Judge Murphy and Associates Close Option on Controlling Interest in Track, Daily Racing Form, 1924-10-10


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JEFFERSON PARK IS SOLD Judge Murphy and Associates Close Option on Controlling Interest in Track. NEW ORLEANS, La., Oct. 9. Joseph .a.. Murphy announced this morning that he had availed himself of his option on the Bryan and OHara controlling interest in the Jefferson Parish race track and that the formal transfer of the interest will be made before the opening of the racing season. Judge Murphy stated that the interest was being taken over by a number cf business friends of his in Jefferson Parish, New Orleans and Chicago. He further announced that there will be absolutely no change in the personnel of those in control of the Jefferson Parish track. A. Rouperich will remain as general manager and possibly later as president of the association. Judge J. A. Middleton will remain as counsel and there will be no shift in the local staff of employes. Judge Murphy will probably succeed Gadson D. Bryan, , Jr., as secretary and treasurer and will also act as assistant to general manager Rouperich, in addition to his duties as presiding steward. This will segregate the business and racing ends cf the proposition, but as judge Murphy has served as presiding steward since the track was built this in reality is practically no change in the operation of the track. The meeting as usual will open on Thanksgiving Day and continue until January 1. The spring meeting will open after the close of the Fair Grounds on Mardi Gras day and continue until March 17, when the Derby, with an added value of 7,500, will be run. Six purses a day will be given; four of 00, one of 00 and one of ,000. On each Saturday of the meeting a ,500 handicap will be run and the Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Handicaps will carry an added value of ,500. The complete set of officials for the meetings were also announced as follows : General manager, A. Rouperich; assistant to general manager and presiding steward, Joseph A. Murphy; associate stewards, J. B. Campbell and H. P. Conkling; placing judges, Joseph McLennan and John Carey; starters, William Snyder and William Hamilton; racing secretary, J. B. Campbell; clerk of the scales, John Carey; paddock judge, Francis Dunne ; patrol judge, F. M. Kelley; veterinarian, Dr. H. Moore. 6

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