Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, died

19. Sep 17 | 10:41 | By | Category: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Penny Chenery Tweedy,  the owner of possible the best racehorse ever born and tireless supporter of racing related charities, has died aged 95.

Chenery took over the management of the Meadow Stables, founded by her father, on his death in the early 1970’s when the stable was making a loss and most experts were advising her to close it. She achieved her fathers dream in 1972 with trainer Lucien Laurin when Riva Ridge carried the blue and white checked silks to victory in the Kentucky Derby, but even as that race was being run,  a greater champion was already waiting in the wings.

​It was Chenery’s idea to send her stakes winning mare Somethingroyal to Bold Ruler but no-one could have expected what the result of that mating would bring. By the end of 1972, the chestnut colt, now named Secretariat was champion juvenile and in 1973 won Chenery and Meadow Stables a second Kentucky Derby.  That would have been amazing enough but the horse, fondly known as Big Red, then collected the Preakness and following that the Triple Crown with the staggering, 31 length win in the Belmont that is still a track record today.  You can watch Mrs Chenery reliving the race below.

Chenery created the Secretariat Vox Populi Award annually honoring racing’s most popular horse, as well as the Secretariat Foundation, which assists and supports various charities within the racing community. In recent years, she advocated for laminitis research and care advancement as well as efforts to ban the use of performance-enhancing drugs in racing, pledging her support to the Water Hay Oats Alliance as recently as recently as 2016.


Source: Grandprix Replay

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