all in Legends

Gallant Bloom was all about extremes. Finishing in the middle of the pack was not something she did with any regularity; she preferred to either win by daylight or finish a huge margin behind the leaders. Fortunately for her human connections, Gallant Bloom chose to win more often than not.

Strong. Bright. Ambitious. Charming. Determined. Passionate. Ahead of her time.

Those were my impressions of Penny Chenery after having the pleasure of interviewing her on a number of occasions over the last few decades. She always made herself readily available. She invariably thanked me for reaching out before I could thank her for her valuable time.

Back in the day when a truck stacked with hay rumbled into Windfields Farm, Northern Dancer never paid it a lick of attention from his stall across the lane from the breeding shed. But if he laid eyes on an approaching van with a mare aboard, all hell broke loose.

Helen "Penny" Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat and a well-loved figure in her own right as a champion of Thoroughbreds and women in business and sports, died Sept. 16, in her Colorado home following complications from a stroke. She was 95.

Chenery's children announced her death through Leonard Lusky, her longtime friend and business partner.

The Triple Crown is one of the most elusive achievements in all of sports. In the long history of racing, just a dozen horses have found the right blend of speed, stamina, durability, and luck required to sweep the three-race series comprised of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.

Many other horses have won the first two legs, only to fall short in the Belmont Stakes, and often those horses are remembered more for the race they didn’t win than the ones they did.

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