Canadian harness racing icon Robert Murphy will be honoured at Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino on Friday, June 11. Robert Murphy Night will be a salute to one of Canada’s most prominent breeders and owners in the history of standardbred racing. Mr. Murphy passed away on February 8, 2010 at the age of 77.
Robert Murphy Night will include a race in his name and the unveiling of the Robert Murphy Room located off the Atrium in the main entrance to Fraser Downs.
Born in Vancouver, Robert Murphy’s horses were credited with well over $105 million in purse earnings over two decades. Mr. Murphy and his wife, Mary, were honoured by the B.C. Standardbred Breeders’ Society in 2008 with the renaming of the BC Breeders Stakes for 3-year-olds. Robert Murphy was inducted into the British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.
Mrs. Murphy says she expects upwards of 25 family members and friends to be on hand at Fraser Downs for the evening dedicated to her husband of 58 years.