Chenery's new award goes to Zenyatta

Penny Chenery, who owned Triple Crown winner Secratariat, announced the creation Wednesday of an award to recognize "a horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year."

The inaugural Secretariat Vox Populi Award goes to Zenyatta, the mare whose only loss in her 20-race career was a nail-biting defeat to Blame in the Breeders' Cup Classic in October. The award will be presented to owners Ann and Jerry Moss in a public ceremony at Santa Anita Park in California on Feb. 5.

Although Chenery selected this year's recipient, plans are in place for a committee of racing personalities and industry representatives to choose the winner each year in conjunction with a national online vote.

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