Leadership is a quest.
It was the quest of their lives.
They were gunning for the Triple Crown, needing three big wins in a row: the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, which they had, and now the Belmont Stakes.
Penny Chenery had saved her father’s Meadow Farm, a sprawling 2,600-acre racing stable just north of Richmond, Virginia. After courageously refusing to sell the farm despite family pressure and financial distress, she acquired a special horse by way of a coin toss with a competing stable.
Chenery called him Secretariat. He was a magnificent thoroughbred with a blazing red coat, white “stockings” around three ankles, and a big white star on his forehead. His voracious appetite ...