Memories of Greatness - Printer’s Proof No. 9 from Penny Chenery (2)
This limited edition print set was produced from the original portraits of Secretariat and Barbaro painted by artist Jaime Corum that were commissioned by their respective owners, Penny Chenery and Roy and Gretchen Jackson, and published by Moonlight Press. Produced in 2007 and entitled Memories of Greatness, the sales of the fine art print set were directed to the Laminitis Fund at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center to support its ongoing research for a cure to the disease and its complications to which both these racing greats succumbed.
Their original offering featured each print in the set containing hand-signed autographs by the owners the distinctive marks of Secretariat’s Meadow Stable and Barbaro’s Lael Stable. The scarce print sets have long since been unavailable on the open market and are now considered most desirable on the secondary collectors market.
The images pay tribute to Secretariat, the immortal 1973 Triple Crown Champion, whose record-breaking performances set the standard for racing excellence, and the ill-fated Barbaro, the 2006 undefeated Kentucky Derby winner who captured the hearts of a legion of fans admiring his speed, courage, and enduring grace before his untimely death.
This particular set comes from the private Meadow Stable Archive collection and is significant in that it was #9 of only nine press proof sets produced and specifically pulled for Ms. Chenery to commemorate Secretariat as the ninth Triple Crown winner. Each print measures 16" x 24" and is printed on the finest archival stock.