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PENNY CHENERY, ANN & JERRY MOSS, OWNERS OF SECRETARIAT, ZENYATTA IN JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2011)—Penny Chenery, owner of the legendary Secretariat and Ann and Jerry Moss, owners of 2010 Horse of the Year, Zenyatta, will appear in a joint press conference following Saturday’s first race at approximately 12:45 p.m., at Santa Anita.
Chenery, 89, will be at Santa Anita to present the Mosses with the first-ever Secretariat Vox Populi (Voice of the People) Award, given to the owners of the horse that generates the most interest in Thoroughbred racing in a given year.
The Mosses and Chenery will avail themselves to media questions in Santa Anita’s Breeders’ Cup Media Room, which adjoins the horse tunnel to the main track and is located under the grandstand.
Secretariat, Horse of the Year as a 2-year-old and a Triple Crown champion at three, in 1973, is regarded by many as the greatest horse of the modern era. He was euthanized as a result of laminitis, at the age of 19, in 1989.
Zenyatta, whose unbeaten streak of 19 wins was broken when running second, beaten a head, in the Nov. 6 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, is regarded as perhaps racing’s most recognizable superstar in the period that has followed Secretariat.
The 7-year-old daughter of Street Cry will be bred to 2006 Belmont Stakes (Grade I) winner Bernardini this spring.
Chenery and the Mosses will participate in a public autograph session prior to the races in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens area from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Chenery will present the Mosses with the Secretariat/Vox Populi Award in the winner’s circle following the sixth race on Saturday.
First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is 12:30 p.m.