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Thread #54707   Message #1746139
Posted By: Amos
23-May-06 - 03:00 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Molly and Tenbrooks
Subject: RE: Origin and Lyr: Molly and Tenbrooks
Molly and Tenbrooks (also Run, Molly, Run), which celebrates the famous and controversial four-mile Kentucky match between the mare Miss Mollie McCarthy and Ten Broeck in 1787.

Monroe's arrangement is based on a Kentucky folk song which is thought to date from 1884. It describes a 4 mile race held at Churchill Downs in 1878 between Molly McCarthy and Ten Broeck.

These two dates of provenance are almost 100 years apart. There must be some clear way to determine which if either is correct, ya think?

Any ideas?