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John Henry, racing's ambassador

Updated: October 9, 2007, 5:53 PM ET
By Jeremy Plonk | Special to ESPN.com

John Henry was your horse, and mine, a horse for the ages. What made him so special was that he represented all walks of life. Anyone could relate to John Henry, from America's bush tracks to its most majestic race places. If ever the game had an ambassador in my lifetime, it was not any hired human or public figure, but rather a culturally binding animal named John Henry, for whom we could all stand up and cheer.

As a horse racing fan who grew up attending races held far off the sport's ...

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