Imagine 19 chestnut Thoroughbreds impersonating Secretariat. Geldings, horses, fillies, and even one yearling brought in from Pennsylvania vied for a $3,000 winner’s purse and the distinction of looking the most like Big Red.
Elvis indeed was in the house, as it turned out. The first-ever Secretariat Look-Alike Contest resulted in a Secretariat sighting: a 4-year-old colt named Trolley Boy who won partly on the merit of wearing only minimal makeup to help him look like the Triple Crown winner.
Chenery had watched the judging from a gazebo at the center of the competition ring at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. “I was afraid it might by hokey but it isn’t,” she confided. “It’s very serious.”
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