She became one of the best-known owners in professional sports during a remarkable two-month period of 1973. Even today, fans know her name and collectors of horse racing memorabilia covet items associated with her. Proof comes in the form of a record-setting sale of Penny Chenery’s personal Kentucky Derby program, when her horse—the great Secretariat—began his historic run to the Triple Crown with a record run that still stands.
Lelands sold the 1973 program from Churchill Downs and her ticket stub from the Kentucky Oaks for $11,687 in its monthly auction. Both the program and ticket were consigned directly from the private collection of the Chenery family.
“The sale price of the program is absolutely stunning, and we are thrilled to continue working with the Chenery-Tweedy family to bring these one-of-a-kind Secretariat-related offerings to the collecting public,” said Lelands.com president Mike Heffner.
The sale – the most ever for a modern horse racing program – comes on the heels of a Secretariat 1973 Kentucky Derby-worn horseshoe selling for a world-record $80,736 in the Lelands.com Invitational Auction last month.
Chenery died in September 2017 at age 95.