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Secretariat’s Penny Chenery Selects 40th Anniversary Triple Crown Four Roses Bourbon

Commemorative decanter and bottle honors 40th anniversary of Triple Crown win

SecretariatCommeritiveBottle_CLIENT_FIN(Immediate Release: Louisville, Ky.) Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, today selected a Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon to celebrate the 40th Anniversary Triple Crown win of the best and most popular thoroughbred in racing history.

Chenery’s private selection took place at the Four Roses warehouse and bottling facility located in Cox’s Creek, Ky., and was conducted by Four Roses Hall of Fame Master Distiller Jim Rutledge.

The 40th Anniversary Triple Crown Bourbon will first be bottled in ceramic, hand numbered decanters, created in the style of the popular 1970s era collectibles.  The Four Roses decanter will resemble a full-bodied Secretariat, with jockey Ron Turcotte aboard.  Only 500 decanters will be produced and will be sold at a ticketed event at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Ky. on May 1.

In addition to the decanter, Four Roses will produce 3,500 commemorative Secretariat bottles containing Chenery’s private bourbon selection.  The front of the bottle will feature an image of Secretariat with Ron Turcotte. One side will list Secretariat’s unmatched finishing times in the three races of the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.  The neck of the bottle is adorned with the blue and white checks of the Meadow Stables jockey silks.

The commemorative bottle will be available for purchase this spring at select retail outlets along the Triple Crown trail in Kentucky, Maryland and New York.  These bottles will also be available for purchase at the Kentucky Derby Museum.


“Fast horses and fine Bourbon are two of my favorite things. I am delighted to partner with Four Roses and the Kentucky Derby Museum for this very special decanter for racing fans and Bourbon connoisseurs alike,” says Chenery.

Thoroughbred legend, Secretariat, is widely renowned as the most popular name in thoroughbred racing. Beginning with his run in the 99th Kentucky Derby, Secretariat, smashed long-standing track records in 1973 and captured the hearts of Americans through his Triple Crown sweep. The chestnut champion affectionately known as “Big Red,” and Chenery became an inspiration to many in a story of will, determination and pure speed.

“These will be very special bourbons, honoring a very special horse,” said Four Roses’ Jim Rutledge.

Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative bottle and decanter will be dedicated to preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby at the Kentucky Derby Museum and to the Secretariat Foundation benefitting equine-related causes within the racing industry.

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