Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, dead at 95



Penny Chenery, who bred and raced 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat as well as realizing her disabled father’s dream to win the Kentucky Derby in 1972 with Riva Ridge, has died. She was 95.


Chenery died Saturday in her Boulder, Colorado, home following complications from a stroke, according to her children. They announced her death Sunday through Leonard Lusky, her longtime friend and business partner.


In 1973, Secretariat captured the imagination of racing fans worldwide when he became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. He won the last leg by a whopping 31 lengths.

Secretariat sealed his Triple Crown by winning the Belmont by 31 lengths in 1973.

Secretariat sealed his Triple Crown by winning the Belmont by 31 lengths in 1973.

(Bill Meurer/New York Daily News)


The previous year, Riva Ridge won the Derby and Belmont Stakes.


Both colts were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

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