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“Horses Have a Way of Getting Inside You:” Farewell, William Nack

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Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s human mom, and William Nack, the Triple Crown winner’s Boswell, at the premiere of the film “Secretariat.”

No. Wait–Bill Nack as Boswell? Really?

Way too flippant to start this piece.

Start over, Rhonda. And don’t try to get fancy. You can’t play in Bill Nack’s league.

I’m not sure anyone can.

Farewell, William Nack.

Take Two

Memorial Service for Penny Chenery

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Penny Chenery Tribute page at Secretariat.com.

And now, the original post:

First, pardon me while I air out a related matter regarding Penny Chenery.

When American Pharoah took the Triple Crown, NBC Sports flubbed coverage of a special moment in horse racing history.

While Pharoah’s trainer Bob Baffert hurried toward the winners circle, the most famous Triple Crown-winning horse owner still with us stood up from her box seat to welcome Baffert to horse racing’s most exclusive club.

Yes, NBC Sports cut away from a shot of Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery shaking hands with Bob Baffert after his horse ended the 37-year-long Triple Crown “drought.”

She wasn’t even identified as a well-wisher.

My TV engineer husband, who wasn’t into horse racing when I married him, and I were shocked.

On the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown

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Penny Chenery Kept Secretariat's Wolf Tooth and it's now in a musuem
Photo courtesy of the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Taken in 2010 by Rhonda Lane.

All you need to know about Penny Chenery, the owner and breeder of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat.

No wonder Mrs. Chenery is beloved by many and considered an ambassador of horse racing.

The photo is of part of a display of Triple Crown winners in the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.



What does Secretariat mean to you?

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Video of the Secretariat movie’s director Randall Wallace talking about Mrs. Chenery’s reaction upon seeing the film

My husband works for ESPN/Disney, the studio producing and distributing this movie. In the interest of very full disclosure, I used to work there, too, but so long ago that Disney wasn’t even in the picture. Regular readers of this blog know that I’d be writing about this movie anyway, all over it like Calvin Borel is the rail at Churchill, even without my family connections with the company.

Way back in the days of disco, I was fresh out of college and beating the streets of Lexington, KY, for a job, any job, related to my Mass Communications degree. That’s how I ended up applying for a job in advertising sales for a local radio station.

The sales manager, perhaps only a couple of years older than I was and very athletic-looking, led me back into his office. As I write about this, I remember him referring to his office as “a boys club.” That should have been a hint.

No matter. I needed the job. The economy even then was tough for inexperienced job-seekers.

When I saw his wall art, I worked to contain my excitement. Hanging over his desk was the newest limited edition photographic print from local equine photographer Tony Leonard, “Secretariat at the Belmont.” So, could this sales manager really be a kindred spirit?