Penny Chenery, who took over her father’s thoroughbred farm with little knowledge of horse racing and became one of the few prominent women in the sport as the owner and breeder of Secretariat, perhaps the fastest horse who ever raced, died Saturday at her home in Boulder, Colorado. She was 95.
Churchill Downs, which introduced a “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby” last year, has expanded its international efforts, adding a “European Road” series that will earn an invitation to the 2018 race. The new series and modifications to the American and Japanese series were announced Thursday.
Tinners Way, the last colt born of horse racing great Secretariat, died Wednesday. The stallion, 27, was euthanized at Old Friends Farm, a horse retirement farm in Georgetown, according to a news release from the farm.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case in which the state of New Jersey is seeking to legalize sports betting. If the Garden State prevails, could it lead to pari-mutuel wagering on NASCAR races at Kentucky Speedway similar to what currently exists at horse racing tracks like Keeneland and Churchill Downs?
Heavily-favored Gun Runner shook off a brief challenge from Stanford and drew away easily under jockey Florent Geroux for an easy 7-length victory in Churchill Downs’ Stephen Foster Handicap on Saturday, June 17, 2017.