Christopher Chenery

Christopher Chenery

Businessman and Racehorse Owner
Born Sep 19, 1886

Christopher Tompkins Chenery was an American engineer, businessman, and the owner/breeder of record for Thoroughbred horse racing's U.S. Triple Crown champion Secretariat. Chenery was born in Richmond, and raised in Ashland, Virginia. He was the brother of William L. Chenery, Editor-Publisher of Colliers Magazine. Chenery's sister was Blanche Chenery Perrin, a writer of children's books centered on horse racing, such as Born To Race.… Read More

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1886 Birth Born on September 19, 1886.


1936 49 Years Old One of the founders of the New York Racing Association, Chenery made his home in the village of Pelham Manor, New York, for nearly fifty years. However, he is best known for his 1936 purchase of The Meadow, an ancestral property in Caroline County near his boyhood home in Ashland, Virginia. … Read More


1950 63 Years Old Among his other horses of note, Chenery owned and bred Hill Prince, the 1950 U.S. Horse of the Year; Cicada, champion filly at 2, 3, and 4; and First Landing, the 1958 U.S. Champion 2-yr-old colt. … Read More
1968 81 Years Old 1 More Event
Chenery was admitted to the New Rochelle, New York Hospital in late February 1968.
1972 85 Years Old Chenery operated Meadow Stud, Inc. as a breeding business and Meadow Stable, Inc. as the owner for the horses he kept for racing. His operations produced and raced the champion colt and 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Riva Ridge, and Secretariat, winner of the 1973 U.S. Triple Crown.
1973 86 Years Old He remained there until his death on January 3, 1973, before Secretariat's Triple Crown victory occurred.
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