Penny Chenery, Owner of Triple Crown Winner Secretariat, Dies at 95

Sep 18, 2017

Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat has died at the age of 95. Chenery passed away Saturday in Boulder Colorado following complications from a stroke.


Penny Chenery, left and her daughter Kate Tweedy arrived on the red carpet at the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday May 1, 2010.
Credit Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com File photo

In 1973, Secretariat became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. He won the last leg by 31 lengths.

The previous year, her father’s horse, Riva Ridge won the Derby and Belmont Stakes. Both colts were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Racing historian, Ed Bowen, told WKYT-TV he was grateful to have known Chenery.

“Grateful that she lived as long as she did, but I will admit to thinking gosh the last time I saw her she seemed so young. There is a part of me that's stunned to have learned today that she passed away.”

Chenery’s children announced their mother’s passing through a family friend and business partner.

Bill Thomason, President and CEO of Keeneland issued a statement saying, “Mrs. Chenery exemplified the very best of our sport, serving as one of its most beloved and passionate ambassadors.”  

Thomason went on to say, “We are thankful for her extraordinary contributions to racing, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends.”