The Kentucky Derby Museum’s new stable area will be named in honor of Penny Chenery, the owner of GI Kentucky Derby winners Riva Ridge and Secretariat. The Helen B. “Penny” Chenery Stable will house the Museum’s resident Thoroughbred and companion animal and will be built as part of the Museum’s $6.5 million dollar expansion project. The announcement came during the Museum’s 3rd annual Fan Fest Day with Penny’s daughter, Kate Tweedy, in attendance.
“Our family is both humbled and thrilled with the Kentucky Derby Museum naming this wonderful new barn in our mother’s honor,” said Tweedy. “Mom was truly in her element in any horse barn, and she would have been delighted to share her legacy with such a worthy endeavor providing enjoyment to horse lovers and sparking interest in racing for generations to come.”
Construction on the stable and the rest of the Museum’s expansion will get underway mid-May. Construction will be completed by Breeders’ Cup held at Churchill Downs in November 2018. The Museum will remain open throughout the entire project.
The Museum also opened its latest exhibit, Winning Colors: Famous Fillies. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Winning Colors’ Kentucky Derby win in 1988. The exhibit showcases the emergence of the Kentucky Oaks as a premiere race and highlights the careers of several famous fillies, including the only other two fillies to win the Derby, Regret (1915) and Genuine Risk (1980).