COX'S CREEK, Ky. (WDRB) -- Horse racing and bourbon, two of Kentucky's signature industries.
The two came together Thursday to honor a horse racing legend.
It was 1973 when Secretariat captured the hearts of racing fans with his record time Kentucky Derby victory, and then going on to capture the Triple Crown, winning the Belmont Stakes in New York by a unbelievable 31 lengths.
Forty years later, his record times still stand.
Back then Secretariat owner Penny Chenery spent a lot of time in the Winners Circle.
Thursday morning Chenery was in Cox's Creek, Kentucky at the Four Roses Bourbon complex choosing a special bourbon from two of ten barrels to mark the 40th anniversary.
"My expectations are that it will taste wonderful and that we all will have a wonderful time," Chenery said to a chorus of laughter.
"Obviously, it was a remarkable time in my life, it was so unexpected," Chenery said as she recalled Secretariat's amazing win 31-length victory at Belmont 40 years ago.
Chenery spent about a half-hour sampling the bourbon from the 10 barrels.
Her two choices will be packaged for sale two ways: one will barrel of bourbon will be contained in 500 commemorative decanters that resemble a full-bodied Secretariat with jockey Ron Turcotte aboard.
Those decanters will cost $320, and will only be sold at the Kentucky Derby Museum. The Secretariat display is still the museum's most popular attraction.
Another 3,500 commemorative bottles will also be produced and sold at selected stores in Louisville, the home of the first leg of the Triple Crown; select locations in Baltimore and New York -- where the final two races are held -- will also sell the bourbon. The price: $100 per bottle.
"A portion of the proceeds go back to the Kentucky Derby Museum," explains museum spokesperson Wendy Treinen, "and also to the Secretariat Foundation that Penny Chenery started many years ago to benefit those in the industry and to further promote racing."
At 91 years young, Chenery says fast horses and fine bourbon remain two of her favorite things.
"The horse of course, his career was spectacular, but he also turned out to be a ham, he loved the attention -- and so did I," Chenery said.
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