Details Announced for Penny Chenery Memorial Service

Public Invited to Celebration of Her Life on Oct. 9 at Keeneland

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2017) — A partial list of speakers and additional information regarding the public celebration of Helen “Penny” Chenery’s life were announced today.

The service will be held at 1:30 p.m. EDT, Oct. 9, at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky, with a live video stream available at and

The service is open to the public. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The program will highlight Mrs. Chenery’s illustrious life and her many contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

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.

“Mom was always engaging and accessible to racing fans, knowing they were the lifeblood and future of the sport,” Kate Tweedy said. “So including the public in this celebration of her life was a given to fully honor her memory. My family and I are immensely grateful to the racing community for the many messages of condolences, and we especially would like to thank the management and staff at Keeneland for their hospitality and gracious assistance as we make arrangements for this very special service.”

Mrs. Chenery oversaw her father’s Meadow Stable and the racing careers of both Riva Ridge, winner of the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, and 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. A beloved figure in Thoroughbred racing, she was a champion of horses and women in business and sports. She died Sept.16 at her Colorado home. She was 95.

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 details, visit


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