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equicurean penny chenery and secretariat photoHelen Bates “Penny” Chenery Tweedy turn 92 today.

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The Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show is coming to The Meadow, the birthplace of Secretariat, in Doswell,  July 25– 27, 2014.  The new horse show will feature three full days of competition for Thoroughbreds who are identifiable through The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program.

The Meadow, now known as The Meadow Event Park, acts as host to the State Fair of Virginia and several equine events, among other things, but this is the very first Thoroughbred horse show to take place at one of the most historic farms in the sport of racing.

The Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show will feature a special ceremony in which all descendants of The Meadow’s Thoroughbreds (not just Secretariat) will be asked to assemble in the show ring for a group photo.  The organizers of the event are encouraging everyone who plans to participate to carefully research their Thoroughbred’s heritage to see if he or she qualifies to participate.

Penny Chenery, daughter of Meadow founder Chris Chenery and the driving force behind Secretariat, was an early advocate for the health and welfare of retired Thoroughbreds and was instrumental in the creation of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.  Accordingly, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River, home to two descendants of Secretariat, will receive sixty percent of the profit from the Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show.

The showgrounds at The Meadow are situated on the exact site of the training track where Big Red learned to gallop.  In addition to showing and celebrating their own Thoroughbreds, participants will be able to see various original structures such as the foaling shed where Secretariat was born and the stall where he was saddled for the first time.

For more information, click here (Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program) and here (James River TRF).

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Voting has begun for the fourth annual Secretariat Vox Populi (Voice of the People) Award, recognizing the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.

This year’s nominees are: Game On Dude (three-time Grade1 winner in 2013, including the Pacific Classic and Santa Anita H.); Groupie Doll won second consecutive Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint this year); Mucho Macho Man winner of 2013 Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Classic); Paynter  (returned to racetrack in 2013 win  Gr.1 Awesome Again S. after battling Laminitis and Colitis); Princess of Sylmar (won four Grade 1 stakes in 2013, including Kentucky Oaks and Alabama S.); and Wise Dan (2012 Horse of the Year who defended his title in this year’s Grade 1 BC Mile).

Past winner of the award include Zenyatta, the inaugural winner in 2010.

The winner will be selected as a combined effort by the public=s online votes, the Vox Populi committee and Penny Chenery.

The presentation of the award is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2014 at Santa Anita Park. To vote, click here.


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NYRA Posts YouTube ‘Secretariat Collection’

(Blood Horse) In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s retirement parade at Aqueduct. The New York Racing Association has released “The Secretariat Collection,” a YouTube playlist with all 15 starts the renowned colt made in New York.

On Nov. 9, NYRA will give away Secretariat posters to the first 1,000 guests who enter Aqueduct near the clubhouse escalator.

During his stellar career, Secretariat won 16 of 21 starts, including a sweep of the Triple Crown. His most memorable performance came in the 1973 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), which he won by 31 lengths in 2:24 for 1 1/2 miles, records that still stand.

Secretariat was formally retired Nov. 6, 1973 at Aqueduct. The collection also features a special installment of “History of the Game,” a series hosted by Richard Migliore, that focuses on the retirement ceremony and includes rare footage.

Trained by Lucien Laurin for Meadow Stable, Secretariat was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. He stood at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky until his death in 1989 at the age of 19.

To see the videos, click here.

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(Secretatiat.com) For 40 years, Penny Chenery has told the stories of her champion thoroughbreds, Riva Ridge and Secretariat. Now, she’s ready to tell her own story…

Penny Chenery and the Secretariat Foundation are pleased to invite you to attend the world premiere screening of her new documentary film, “Penny & Red: the Life of Secretariat’s Owner” – the stunningly honest account of Penny’s life produced by John Tweedy’s Landlocked Films and narrated by Diane Lane.

The screening will be held in Lexington, Kentucky at the Fasig-Tipton auction pavilion on Friday evening, September 20th with festivities beginning at 6:00 pm and the 60 minute film expected to start playing at 7:30 pm. The optional VIP Admission invites ticketed guest to join Mrs. Chenery and her Meadow Stable team: jockey Ron Turcotte, exercise rider Charlie Davis, as well as esteemed author Bill Nack and other attending racing celebrities prior to the screening for a private cocktail reception featuring an open bar and regional Kentucky cuisine, and again following the film for an after-screening dessert reception.


a) General Admission Film Ticket – Includes admission to film only – $40 per person.

b) VIP Admission Ticket – Includes film admission and access to both the cocktail and dessert receptions – $95 per person.

c) VIP Deluxe Admission Ticket – Includes one reserved seat film admission, access to both the cocktail and dessert receptions and a commmorative DVD of the film autographed by Mrs. Chenery – $150 per person.

Reception guests will have the opportunity to personally meet the filmmakers, featured cast, and members of the original Meadow Racing Stable.

Tickets are available on a first-come basis exclusively thru Secretariat.com. You may also purchase tickets by phone by calling (502) 893-7997.

NOTE: The actual tickets to the screening will only be available thru will-call at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion located at 2400 Newtown Pike in Lexington, beginning at 4:30 pm on day of the event. No tickets will be mailed.

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Why not?  A rare photo of Secretariat has to make any day a little better!

This shot is one of many taken by well known Sports Illustrated and Time magazine photographer Neil Leifer.

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Courtesy of Brooklyn Backstretch

Courtesy of Brooklyn Backstretch

…and it’s not about the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.

 John Nerud recently kicked up some dust when he told the now defunct The Rail blog of the New York Times that Secretariat was overrated.

 Say what?

 OK, we love John Nerud and now that we are living in a world where folks think one mile is a “route” we really appreciate his version of reality where that very same mile was the “longest sprint.”  So we realize that Dr. Fager was his favorite for good reasons including that he won four championships (sprinter, turf, handicap, horse of the year) in one year!

 And, there’s the fact that Nerud owned 25% of Dr. Fager prompting the Hall of Famer to quip is was like asking him “Do you like your mother?”

 So in an interview with Neil Amdur, Nerud hurlded these two beauties out for cyberspace to chew on:

 Q:  How good was Secretariat, whom some feel was the greatest horse ever?

 A:  He was a very good horse. He got more credit than he was. I’ve seen two or three better horses than he was in my time, but he was a damn good horse, certainly a good horse.

Q:  Who were in Secretariat’s class?

A:  Spectacular Bid, Seattle Slew. I’ll start off with those two. Secretariat was popular, his owner was popular. He was a beautiful horse, a chestnut horse, four white feet, and he was popular. And he did a lot for racing.

 The most popular retort seems to be that Secretariat did set the track record in each of the Triple Crown races and that seems a fair measure when setting criteria for the “greatest horse ever.”

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