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Let The Big Horse Run: John Stewart

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Uploaded on Jul 26, 2009

A musical tribute to the thoroughbred Secretariat by singer-songwriter John Stewart (1939-2008) from his 1975 album "Wingless Angels." In 1973 Secretariat had become the most dominant horse in Triple Crown history, winning the coveted trifecta that year and outdistancing the rest of the field at the Belmont Stakes by an astounding 31 lengths. Owner Mrs. Penny Tweedy had planned a limited number of post-Belmont races for the horse, and Stewart's song is a plea to send Secretariat west to run in the Santa Anita Derby, but the horse was put to stud without ever racing west of the Mississippi. Stewart's father was a horse trainer by profession, and as a boy Stewart had worked as a "hot-walker" at Santa Anita and retained a life-long affection for horses and the tracks that they ran on.

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