Pictured Above: The Kentucky Derby Museum will name its stable after Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat. Illustrations: Kentucky Derby Museum
The Kentucky Derby Museum will name its new stable area after the owner of a Thoroughbred racing icon.
Construction of the Helen B. “Penny” Chenery Stable, as well as the museum’s $6.5 million expansion project, will begin in mid-May, according to Thoroughbred Daily News. Chenery, who passed away Sept. 16, 2017, was the owner of Secretariat.
“Our family is both humbled and thrilled with the Kentucky Derby Museum naming this wonderful new barn in our mother’s honor,” says Kate Tweedy, Chenery’s daughter. “Mom was truly in her element in any horse barn, and she would have been delighted to share her legacy with such a worthy endeavor providing enjoyment to horse lovers and sparking interest in racing for generations to come.”
The project is expected to be complete by the Breeders’ Cup, which will take place at Churchill Downs in November. The museum, which is home to the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, will be open during construction. The stable houses the museum’s resident Thoroughbred and companion animal.