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Guest commentary in Thoroughbred Times TODAY

Last week, Ed DeRosa of Thoroughbred Times invited me to write a commentary piece about my grandpa and our time together at the races for the daily email publication, Thoroughbred Times TODAY. I was more than happy to oblige.

The story appeared in Tuesday’s edition of TODAY and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. They even picked a pretty sweet picture of me for my bio. Have a look for yourself…

Click here to read the story – “More than just past performances and picking winners”.

This PDF appears courtesy of Thoroughbred Times and its daily publication Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Many thanks to them for allowing me a page to remember my grandpa and our adventures at the races.

Thoroughbred Times TODAY is currently offering a free 30-day trial of its email publication. Having written for TODAY during my internship with TTimes, I can tell you from experience that they do a fantastic job and it is definitely worth your time to check it out.

To sign up for a free trial of Thoroughbred Times TODAY, click here.


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In Memoriam

My grandpa, John Murphy, passed away last night at the Masonic Pathways Home in Alma, Michigan. He had been battling a variety of ailments for quite some time.

He’s the one who introduced me to the sport of horse racing, patiently taught me how to decipher the program and instilled a love of the game that lives on to this day. Simply put, if not for him, you’re probably not reading any of the things you see on this site right now.

Outside of the track (though often at the track, too) my grandpa was the funniest individual I have ever known. Readers who have been fortunate enough to meet him over the years have almost certainly been touched by his sense of humor at one time or another. No one could make me laugh the way he could.

Few people have shaped my life like he did.

We lost a good one today.

I’ll miss him.

UPDATE: Funeral arrangements have been finalized and will be as follows…

Visitation will be on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Clark Family Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant.

The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Clark Funeral Home with dinner following.

My grandpa displaying his horsemanship. (Family Photo)


Filed under The Family Business