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Colonial Downs Recognizes Virginia’s ‘Native Son’ With Secretariat Turf Course

Colonial Downs Group announced today plans to name its turf course for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. A name synonymous with the sport of Thoroughbred racing, Secretariat was born at Meadow Stable in Doswell, Va., in 1970. He became a national hero in his historic 1973 Triple Crown campaign that set records in each of […]

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Meadow Event Park To Honor Secretariat, Riva Ridge’s Birthdays March 30

The Meadow Event Park, historic birthplace of the 1973 Triple Crown champion in Caroline County, will present the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration on Saturday, March 30 with an array of festivities that will include a 50th birthday tribute to stablemate Riva Ridge. The 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner was known as the “horse […]

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Friends, Racing Luminaries Highlight Monday’s Penny Chenery Memorial Service At Keeneland

A partial list of speakers and additional information regarding the public celebration of Helen “Penny” Chenery’s life have been announced.   The service will be held Monday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion with a live video stream available at Keeneland.com and Secretariat.com. The service is open to the public. […]

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Penny And Secretariat: Dignity, Staying Power, Character And Charm

On the afternoon of May 15, 1972, Americans were glued to their television sets as another assassination attempt played out.  This time it was Alabama Gov. George Wallace, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, who was the target not far from the race track in Laurel, Md. As Americans who had endured the tragic year […]

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Penny Chenery, La Gran Dama Del Hipismo Norteamericano, Fallece En Colorado A Los 95 Años

Helen “Penny” Chenery, propietaria del Triplecoronado de 1973 Secretariat, y quien de por sí se convirtió en una de las figuras más queridas dentro de la industria por su lucha a favor del purasangre y del rol de las mujeres en los negocios y los deportes, falleció a los 95 años el domingo 16 de […]

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Racing World Mourns Passing Of ‘First Lady Of Thoroughbred Racing’

Thrust into national prominence as the owner and breeder of Riva Ridge and Secretariat, Penny Chenery charmed the nation as an engaging and quick-witted owner who represented her equine champions with poise, dignity, and keen business sense. She grasped her role as the voice of the silent equine hero. As she put it, “The horse can’t […]

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Secretariat Owner Penny Chenery Dies After Complications From Stroke

Helen “Penny” Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who became a well-loved figure in her own right as a champion of Thoroughbreds and women in business and sports, died on Saturday, Sept.16, in her Colorado home following complications from a stroke. She was 95. Penny’s children announced her death through Leonard Lusky, her […]

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Fact And Fiction: Reality And Embellishment In Favorite Racing Films

It isn’t hard to ruffle feathers among horseplayers and racing fans; they argue about which horse is most likely to win a race, which issues the industry should be most concerned to solve, and who should be Horse of the Year. Get them going on movies, though, and you may well discover even deeper rifts […]

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Chenery Loans Collection Of Rare Secretariat Memorabilia To Meadow Event Park

The birthplace of Secretariat at Meadow Event Park in Virginia will now be a showcase for a collection of rare memorabilia from the early days of Meadow Stable. Penny Chenery, whose father Christopher T. Chenery founded the racing stable in 1936, recently sent several items to The Meadow from her family’s personal collection.  They are […]

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