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Memorial service for Penny Chenery will be held at Keeneland

Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, in 2004, during a fundraising campaign to have a bronze statue of Secretariat made for the Kentucky Horse Park.
Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, in 2004, during a fundraising campaign to have a bronze statue of Secretariat made for the Kentucky Horse Park. Herald-Leader file photo

A public celebration of Helen “Penny” Chenery’s life will be held Oct. 9 at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

Chenery, 95, who bred and owned 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, died Sept. 16 at her home in Boulder, Colo.

The memorial service will allow her friends to reminisce and honor her contributions to horse racing. Scheduled speakers include Chenery’s children, friends and racing leaders, according to the Paulick Report.

“One of Mom’s great passions was to strengthen the sport of Thoroughbred racing,” John Tweedy, Mrs. Chenery’s son, told the Paulick Report. “It is only fitting that we would remember her by going to beautiful Keeneland, where Riva Ridge set the stage for Meadow Stable’s Triple Crown hopes when he won the 1972 Blue Grass Stakes.”

In lieu of flowers, the Secretariat Foundation has created Penny Chenery Memorial fundraising projects on behalf of selected equine-related charities. For details, go to Secretariat.com.

The memorial will start at 1:30 p.m..

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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