The documentary "Penny & Red: the Life of Secretariat's Owner," depicting the life of Penny Chenery, whose family's Meadow Stable bred and raced the great racehorse, will have its premiere Sept. 20 in Lexington.
The screening of the film produced by John Tweedy's Landlocked Films and narrated by Diane Lane will be at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. The 60-minute movie has a projected show time of 7:30 p.m.
The optional VIP admission includes a private cocktail reception before the film and a post-screening desert reception with Chenery and her Meadow Stable team of jockey Ron Turcotte and exercise rider Charlie Davis, author Bill Nack, and others.
More information and ticket purchasing is available at Secretariat.com.
The premiere of the documentary coincides with the sixth annual Bourbon County Secretariat Festival being held Sept. 20-21 in Paris, Ky.
In addition to a tour of historic Claiborne Farm, an arts walk, and a 5K run/walk at Adena Springs Farm, the festival this year will be highlighted by the appearances of former Cincinnati Reds all-stars Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez, whose success in the 1970s earned them the moniker "Big Red Machine."
Among the free events beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 21, are equestrian demonstrations and disciplines, parading of former equine athletes and star retirees, and many more equine-related events. There will also be a wide variety of artists and retailers offering an assortment of all things Secretariat and other equine and Kentucky themed products, a silent auction of racing memorabilia from the Secretariat archive collection, live bluegrass entertainment, sampling of Kentucky cuisine, and an array of children's activities.
Click here for more information on the Secretariat Festival