An original watercolor painted by Penny Chenery, whose Meadow Stable raced Secretariat and Riva Ridge, will be auctioned at the Belmont Bash June 3.
The Belmont Bash will be held at the Garden City Hotel on Long Island two days before the Belmont Stakes. It benefits the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Backstretch Employee Services Team.
"I’m having so much fun with my new interest painting watercolors that I am delighted if my humble offering can bring in funds for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the B.E.S.T.," Chenery said in a statement.
According to Edward Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the 11-by-15-inch, signed watercolor consists of a "colorful pitcher, with an apple and a lemon, and the swath of bright blue as part of the background definitely reminds one of the Meadow Stable colors worn by Secretariat."
Later this year, the story of Secretariat and his owner will be featured in the Walt Disney Pictures movie "Secretariat," set for release on Oct. 8. Actress Diane Lane portrays Chenery in the production.
The Belmont Bash will feature cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and musical entertainment by the Alex Donner Orchestra. Tickets are $300 per person.