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good friend, but a hard-hitting
Corrigan was born in Canada.
He went to Kansas City as a
youth and drove harness horses.
He campaigned the "Monarch of
the Home Stretch," old Robert
McGregor, sire of Cresceus,
2:02j4, until he turned to con
tracting, and with Jim Carlisle,
afterward state treasurer of Col
orado, built railroads. In Utah,
Corrigan broke into the horse rac
ing game, peculiarly.
He rode a handsome saddle
horse, when superintending some
railroad work, and was bantered
into a race by one of the natives.
Corrigan lost several hundred
dollars when his mare was beaten.
Determined to "get even" he
commissioned a Kentuckian to
buy a"horse that could win at a
half, three-quarters and mile.
'Pearl Jennings was the result.
She reached the construction
camp with a load of mules. In
telling about the race, Corrigan
"The mare won at each dis
tance, and I made Christians out
of all the Monhons in that part
His first notable turf victory
was the initial American Derby,
at Washington Park, Chicago, in
1884, with Modesty. He took her
east, and with Freeland she won
Corrigan had a weakness for
the get of Longfellow. He ,won
the Kentucky Derby in 1890 with
Riley, and the sanie horse lost the
Metropolitan handicap by a nose
in the .historical struggle with
Tristan and Clarendon.
He built the Hawthorne track",
Chicago, in 1891, and precipitated
the turf war against John Con
don ' and George V. Hawkins,
which ended in the duel between
Capt. Jim Brown of Texas and
the police, in which Brown was
killed, but not before he downed
six or seven policemen. The re
sult was the death of horse racing
Corrigan then locked horns
with "Tom Williams, president of
the California Jockey 'Club, and
Spreckles the sugar king. He
built the Tanforan track to fight
Ingleside. Another turf war fol
lowed and with the usual result.
' Corrigan fought Bush and
Johnson, of the Pair Grounds
track, New Orleans, and built
City Park, which led to another
war and the end of racing in New
Orleans. Corrigan s last track
was Elm Ridge, Kansas City,
c6mpleted just as racing was kill
ed in Missouri.
In 1892 Corrigan fought with
the Coney Island Jockey Club and
as a result his entries were re
fused. He went to England, but
was not givea consideration and
he returned bringing some good
runners. Corrigan tried to regain
his fortune with his horses, but
fortune was against him and he
sought relief in bankruptcy. ,
More than once, in his stormy; a
career Ed. Corrigan looked down
the muzzle of a gun. At'a meet
ing of the Western Turf Con
gress, in Cincinnati, the late Col.
M.. Lewis Clark, of Louisville,
drew a gun to kill Corrigan.