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1876 Isaac Murphy First Win Program

1876 Isaac Murphy First Win Program

Son of a slave who became one of the most famous athletes in America. September 11 (yes 9-11, that is the date), 1876, race was his first ever "win" as Isaac Burns. but history books tell us that his first win was four days later. Well, that is not the full truth. He won his first HEAT RACE in the 1st event on September 11th, The Phoenix Hotel Stakes. This race required a horse to win two races (or heats) to be declared the overall winner. Burns won the first heat, but lost the next two heats. Although not a victory overall, it represented the first time he ever finished in front in a "race." Besides being famous for his first victory "in a race within a race," the program shows Glentina in the third race (#14) who in the filly's next start won under Burns on September 15. In the same third race, Spring Branch (#16) won its very next start representing his first win with the new surname "Murphy." In addition to the obvious historical significance of this program, it is considered unique. In fact, we have never come across even one of his programs prior to the early 1880s.


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