Thursday, June 28, 2012

Meet Secretariat Owner Penny Chenery Oct. 21 2012

Ms. Chenery and Secretariat
Here's a chance to meet Colorado's most successful horse owner and the matriarch of modern horse racing, Penny Chenery (owner of the legendary throroughbred Secretariat) on Sunday Oct. 21, 2012 from 2-4PM in the Great Hall at Cherokee Castle in Douglas County.

Why am I writing about an October event in June? Because the $30 tickets are going to sell out fast! And really, if you are a lover of horses, of horse racing or of women who break through the glass ceiling, you won't want to miss this event.

Secretariat at Preakness - Ron Turcotte Up
Penny Chenery and daughter Kate Chenery Tweedy will be on at Cherokee to discuss "Secretariat's Meadow -- The Land, The Family, The Legend" a new book co-authored by Kate. Naturally copies of the book will be on sale. During the event, Kate will also delve into Secretariat's career and legacy.

Penny Chenery will be available for autographs and book signing and there will be a Q&A and viewing of Big Red's Triple Crown races. Enjoy the beautiful Castle, the stories of Big Red, a cash bar and hor d'oeuvres for your $30. Purchase tickets and get more info here. Am I going to be there? You betcha. And I'm going to buy one of the books as well. I am a shameless fan of that Big Red horse.

Ms. Chenery  was one of the first women to hold a high profile in the tough sport of horse racing, a legend in her own right. She was portrayed by actress Diane Lane in the 2010 Disney family film, "Secretariat."
Turcotte, Chenery and Big Red

In interviews Chenery marvels at the volume of mail she still receives, especially through the website, and she remains delighted that her horse still holds a special place in people’s hearts. “Secretariat was a hell of a horse,” she says. "He remains an accessible icon whose strength, beauty and courage were incorruptible.” 

And while Secretariat died in 1989, he still racks up headlines. On June 21 the Maryland Racing Commission voted 7-0 in a special hearing to change the official time of Secretariat's 1973 Preakness, making it a new Preakness record.  It's kind of a long story and an old racing controversy, but essentially the newfangled electric timer in use at Pimlico Racetrack for the 1973 Preakness recorded Secretariat's winning time as 1:55, a clocking that became a source of controversy after two indie clockers from the Daily Racing Form timed the race at a much faster 1:53 2/5.  Current digital technology allowed officials to revisit the race, and the horse's winning time.

"For me, revisiting this dispute on a new day is matter of resolution -- for historians, for sportswriters and for racing fans," said Chenery, who traveled from her Boulder home to attend the Commission meeting. "Their voices are supported by sound evidence, and they deserve to be heard."

Indeed, if you want to see a really, really fast animal, check out this iso-cam of Secretariat's staggering Preakness performance, narrated by his jockey Ron Turcotte.

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