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Keeneland Remembers Penny Chenery 

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Keeneland joins the Thoroughbred community worldwide in mourning the passing of Penny Chenery. Helen "Penny" Chenery exemplified the very best of our sport, serving as one of its most beloved and passionate ambassadors. She was a generous owner, tirelessly sharing the legacy of her great Triple Crown winner, Secretariat, with generations of fans that extended far beyond racing. Keeneland is honored to have played a role in the movie Secretariat, and to remember her 1972 Blue Grass Stakes winner Riva Ridge. We are thankful for her extraordinary contributions to racing, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Keeneland will be holding a celebration of Penny Chenery on Monday, October 9 in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The service is open to the public, with doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the service beginning at 1:30 p.m. For those unable to make it to Keeneland, we will be live streaming the service at

Scheduled speakers include her daughter Kate Tweedy, son John Tweedy, racing analyst Donna Brothers, Meadow Stable exercise rider Charlie Davis, retired jockey Pat Day, Seattle Slew’s owner Sally Hill, Claiborne Farm’s Dell Hancock, sportscaster Kenny Rice as well as other friends and racing luminaries.

In lieu of flowers, the Secretariat Foundation has created a special Penny Chenery Memorial fundraising project on behalf of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. For further details about the fundraising project or memorial, please visit




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