Isaac Murphy Kentucky's Record Jockey SIGNED with Additional Material Laid In

By: Borries, Betty Earle

Price: $150.00

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Book Condition: Very Good +

Collectible first edition. The history of an astounding athlete record setter and breaker. 133 pp in VG condition with light surface soil and negligible wear to tips from storage, glossy pictorial cover uncreased, no names, tears or soil within, only two now-unfolded dog ears. Presentation copy from author to Stu Hyatt, signed on half title page along with two notes from Betty Borries, one apologizing for the typos in her book and another stating that the four photocopied various newsprint and magazine articles additionally present were sent from the author to Stuart Hyatt. Many consider Isaac Murphy the greatest American jockey of all time. The son of a former slave, Murphy rose to prominence in a field that was dominated by African American jockeys at the time. By his own account Murphy won 44% of his races. Only 34.5% can be verified in chart books from the era, but it's likely that some of Murphy's races were not covered in the chart books. Either way, Murphy set a standard that no other jockey has met. Isaac Murphy won with more than a third of his mounts year after year. Murphy won a record 44 percent of the races he entered in his career. He won the Kentucky Derby three times, the Latonia Derby five times, and four of the first five runnings of the American Derby, once the richest 3-year-old race in America. Not only was Murphy known for his skill on horseback but also for his honesty and loyalty. He once refused to let champion Falsetto lose the 1879 Kenner Stakes, even though gamblers enticed him with bribes. Among others, Murphy rode Emperor of Norfolk, Kingston, Firenze, and Salvator. Aboard Salvator in the 1890 Suburban he defeated Snapper Garrison and Tenney in a historic match. Isaac Murphy also owned and trained horses during his career. He died of pneumonia at age 36 in 1896.

Title: Isaac Murphy Kentucky's Record Jockey SIGNED with Additional Material Laid In

Author Name: Borries, Betty Earle

Illustrator: Photographs


Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: KY, Kentucke Imprints: 1988

ISBN Number: 0935680365

ISBN Number 13: 9780935680362

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Soft cover

Inscription: Author's Presentation Copy

Size: 8vo - over 7

Seller Id: 33121