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I had not been to the Derby Museum for years. Last time I was there it was...BUT NOW, fully renovated it is an exciting place to visit. There is so much to see and do. If you have out of town guest and want to provide a Kentucky Experience it should be at the top of your to do list. So it is with that in mind that I have included a large group of photos showcasing the museum.

There was also no better place to throw a party celebrating Secretariat's 40th Anniversary record setting victory at Churchill Downs going on to become the last Triple Crown Winner in history. Mix that in with Four Roses providing not only the libations but a very special Secretariat 40th Anniversary limited edition commemorative bottle and you have a trifecta evening. Penny Chenery sampled several bourbon barrels and personally selected the Four Roses bourbon for these bottles.

Penny suffered a last minute illness, but her son John Tweedy made it bringing with him that Chenery Family warmth of tradition and storytelling. Imagine being 12 years old and your first horse racing experience is coming to Churchill Downs and winning the Kentucky Derby.

Please join us in wishing Penny a speedy recovery.

We recently met Penny and I can personally attest that she is perhaps one of the most interesting people I have ever met. I came across a timely article which describes here very well.

"Secretariat last raced 40 years ago and has been dead for nearly 24 years. His sons and daughters are mostly dead now, too. But he's still by far the biggest name in horse racing. Before I let her go, I asked Chenery what she wants people to know about the big horse after all this time has passed. "He knew he was a hero and had great confidence in himself," she told me. "If he didn't win he would go to the corner of his stall and not come over and see you, he would beat himself up." He had standards, she says, and he liked to show off. "Not only his accomplishments, but his attitude set him apart."

There you have it. Attitude and accomplishment—which explains precisely why Secretariat was the great American horse. Not just the one, not just the other, but both, in tandem. With those words, Chenery is describing herself, too, right? She accomplished a great deal in racing and did it with an attitude that has made her a hero to millions of women and young people all across the world—a symbol not just of success but of the pride in succeeding. Penny Chenery is staying home to watch the Derby this year, and she's not complaining. The race will do fine without her, even if the sport needs her now more than ever."

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