Joseph A. Murphy Named State Steward for Meeting at Detroit: Noted Official Takes Over New Duties With Inaugural Of 73-Day Season Saturday, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-19


view raw text

JOSEPH A MURPHY Joseph A Murphy Homed State Steward for Meeting at Detroit Noted Official Takes Over New Duties With Inaugural Of 73Day Season Saturday SaturdayDETROIT DETROIT Mich May 18 W J Dowl ing Michigan racing commissioner today announced the appointment of judge Jo ¬ seph A Murphy as steward representing the Wolverine State Turf body Murphy will assume his duties with the opening of the Detroit Fair Grounds 73 day meeting here next Saturday May 22 22One One of the real veterans of thoroughbred racing judge Murphy will return to the Detroit stand for the third time He served as presiding steward at the first two ses ¬ sions conducted by the Detroit Driving Club at the old Grosse Pointe track which was owned and operated by Daniel Cam pau in 1884 1884Track Track Built on Site of Ford Plant PlantIn In 1894 a group of prominent Motor City men many of whom had retired from busi ¬ ness organized the Gentlemens Jockey Club and this organization built a track on the exact site of the Ford plant in High ¬ land Park Capt J W Millen a retired srTip owner was the clubs first president and judge Murphy its presiding steward stewardSince Since those early days of Detroit rac ¬ ing judge Murphy has become one of the nations outstanding officials He was largely instrumental in bringing about the revival of the sport in Illinois and he still stillContinued Continued on Page Four Appoint Joseph AMurphy State Steward at Detroit DetroitWill Will Take Over New Duties With Opening of Tweeting on Saturday SaturdayContinued Continued from Page One Oneis is a member of the board of directors and vicepresident of the Hawthorne track in Chicago ChicagoMurphy Murphy also Was active in California and it was he who devised the certificate form of vagering opening up the Tan foran course near San Francisco Later a parimutuel law was passed in the Golden State but the success of Murphys certifi ¬ cate system paved the way for the legis ¬ lation lationIn In 1933 when racing was revived in De ¬ troit under the present law judge Murphy returned here and took his place on the official staff as presiding steward He served in the same capacity at several other major courses until a few years ago when he retired and purchased a home in Coral Gables Fla FlaBut But racing had taken too strong a hold on the former Chicago sportswriter and he again went into active work when he ac ¬ cepted the post of representative of the Horsemens Benevolent Protective Asso ¬ ciation Murphy took over this assignment when the Florida tracks closed suddenly and horsemen were in need of assistance assistanceAdding Adding strength to an organization which is already noted for its ability judge Murphy will take his place in the pagoda with the Detroit Racing Associations pre ¬ siding steward Jack S Young and steward James Gallagher Although no official an ¬ nouncement has been made a third stew ¬ ard to represent the local track may mayN N also be named Judge namedJudge Murphy and the late judge Charles Franklin Price of Kentucky were looked upon as the countrys leading au ¬ thorities on the interpretation of racing rules and laws With the passing of judge Price Murphy became the dean of Ameri ¬ can racing officials and his appointment to represent the State of Michigan as steward will undoubtedly meet with the publics approval as well as that of all turfmen

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1943051901_1_5
Library of Congress Record: