Penny Chenery responds to GOP candidate using Secreariat as code name

Ron Turcotte, Mario Gutierrez and Penny Chenery at the 2012 Kentucky Derby

Ron Turcotte, Mario Gutierrez and Penny Chenery at the 2012 Kentucky Derby

When asked during Wednesday’s Republican debate, primary candidate Carly Fiorina told a national audience her Secret Service code name would be “Secretariat” if elected president. Upon hearing the news, Penny Chenery, owner of the 1973 Triple Crown champion considered by many to be the greatest Thoroughbred in horse racing history, commented:

“As a fellow businesswoman, I was so pleased to hear Carly Fiorina answer that she would like her Secret Service code name to be ‘Secretariat.’ That name invokes greatness and class, and any candidate will need both to win the ultimate race to the White House. I wish Ms. Fiorina well in her campaign and would love the chance to meet with her when she visits my hometown of Boulder, Colo., for the next Republican debate on Oct. 28.”

This is not the first time a Republican candidate has invoked Secretariat’s name during the campaign. Earlier this season, Donald Trump also referenced the stallion’s stud career.

Ms. Chenery is currently in Paris, Ky., for this weekend’s annual Secretariat Festival in the heart of the Bluegrass. Please see our post from earlier this week. The Secretariat Festival in Paris, Kentucky will have many events including a chance to get autographs from Mrs. Chenery, jockey Ron Turcotte and Secretariat exercise rider Charlie Davis. If you are in the area try to stop by, you will enjoy yourself. was created as the official online source for the great champion and to honor his legend. Its mission is to celebrate Thoroughbred racing’s past by remembering its heroes; to enhance the awareness of the sport by educating today’s fans and sparking new ones; and to enrich racing’s future by assisting the charities and causes of the Thoroughbred community. also offers an exclusive collection of unique merchandise and collectibles and is the official online source for photography, memorabilia and historical information chronicling the enduring legacy of America’s Horse.