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Horsing around at the premiere

Stars trotted out for Disney film

Those who walked the red carpet Thursday at Disney’s bow of “Secretariat” had to first squeeze through the starting gate, literally.

The Mouse House’s equine drama received Triple Crown-like treatment at the El Capitan-hosted event, where stars including Diane Lane and John Malkovich shared the spotlight with a horse.

Helmer Randall Wallace said he didn’t know much about horse racing but connected with the contempo-feel of Secretariat’s story. “I always thought that horse racing was for rich people and gambling,” Wallace said at the Hotel Roosevelt after-party. “But I wanted the audience to participate directly in the races, to know what it felt like to be Secretariat.”

Malkovich, however, admitted he grew up around horse racing.

“When I was young my grandfather dragged me to a lot of tracks across the Midwest,” he said. “So while I’m not a gambler, I always kind of liked it, particularly Secretariat.” –

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