Old Money Meets the Arrivistes

Maryjean Wall

in How Kentucky Became Southern

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126050
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135410 | DOI:
Old Money Meets the Arrivistes

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“Big” Ed Corrigan, a Kansas City, Missouri industrialist, was known to crack his cane over a man's head rather than consider the other's point of view. He had plenty of money and spent it in the sport of horse racing. He located his base of operations in Chicago. Here, an important event called the American Derby materialized. The American Derby became the richest race in the nation in 1893, with a purse of $60,000, sending a subliminal alert to New York that the latter would need to add more money to the Futurity—or else forfeit prestige. Corrigan loved racing and gambling as well. He also knew how to seek out the right jockey to win the major races when his money was down. With Murphy riding the bulk of his horses during the 1880s, Corrigan's stable amassed more than $1 million in winnings.

Keywords: Ed Corrigan; Chicago; American Derby; gambling; industrialist

Chapter.  10375 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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