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Penny Chenery Passes Away

Monday, 18th September 2017

Penny Chenery, known as the first lady of US racing and the owner of legendary racehorse Secretariat, has died at the age of 95, reports Blood Horse. Chenery passed away on Saturday at her Colorado home following complications from a stroke. Following the retirement of Secretariat, Chenery became an ambassador for racing serving on numerous boards and working with various charities, including the Secretariat Foundation which assists charities within the racing community. Chenery was also a fierce advocate for horse welfare, including the banning of performance enhancing drugs within the sport. She was recognised for her efforts with the 2006 Eclipse Award of Merit for lifetime contributions to the thoroughbred industry. However, the popular Chenery will forever be remembered for her association with 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who captured the hearts of the racing and general public. His 31-length victory in the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Gr1 Belmont Stakes, in which race caller Chick Anderson uttered the famous words, "Secretariat is alone. He is moving like a tremendous machine!” remains one of the greatest and most celebrated performances world racing has ever seen. "We are deeply proud of our mother, her accomplishments, and her courage." daughter Kate Tweedy said. "As we mourn her loss, the example of her strength, her intelligence, and her enduring spirit continue to inspire us."

 

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