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The Big Red, White & Blue exhibit brings together racing stars, painters, writers and influencers at the Spa Fine Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY

The Spa Fine Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY is hosting a month-long exhibition entitled “Big Red, White and Blue” commemorating the 50th anniversary of Secretariat hosting its youth races (1972) in Saratoga Springs, NY .

The rare collection includes a brand new collection of Secretariat paintings by Lisa Palombo and autographed photographs by Penny Chenery, the Secretariat’s owner, affectionately known as the “First Lady of Racing”, and Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte.

Selected memorabilia and historical pieces from the Secretariat/Meadow Stables archives are on display and available for sale. The special exhibition begins with a champagne reception at the opening on Friday, August 5, 2022 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the gallery with performances and autograph sessions by:

Contemporary American Impressionist Lisa Palombo,
Hall of Fame horse racing journalist Steve Haskin,
President of Secretariat.com Leonard Lusky and
More surprise guests.

“We are thrilled to offer such an amazing collection and collection of artwork by Lisa Palombo that celebrates the legendary Secretariat and its legacy of excellence,” said Alyson Stryker Gallery Manager of Spa Fine Art Representing horse artist Lisa Palombo for over 10 years now. Her recognition and worldwide collector base continues to grow.”

Secretariat is widely regarded as the greatest racehorse of all time and the most recognizable name in thoroughbred racing. Big Red, as he is most affectionately known, became America’s horse after his historic Triple Crown victory in 1973, when he won the Belmont Stakes by an incredible 31 lengths (in a world record time), in what is now considered perhaps the greatest individual feat in horse racing ever.

Steve Haskin, whose vintage photos of the Secretariat will also be on display at the event, added: “Most people remember the Secretariat from its historic Triple Crown campaign, but many forget that some of Big Red in Saratoga, both at 2 and 3. This is where the legend was born. Within 27 days, the secretariat ran three times at the spa. Big Red never looked back after that, ending the year as North America’s Horse of the Year.

Secretariat returns to Saratoga in a dazzling rendering of color from the brushstrokes of talented artist Lisa Palombo, who has made Big Red one of her favorite subjects, showing him from every angle, from his great stride and powerful shoulders to his alert eyes that peers through his blinders in classic headshots and retires to his five-time win at the Hopeful Stakes.

All of these and her other paintings are brought to life by bright splashes of color that reinforce Secretariat’s overwhelming presence. For a change, there’s an intimate black and white image of Big Red and practice rider Charlie Davis on the track walking towards you, with a blindfolded Secretariat showing off his exquisite face with his familiar markings making you feel like you it’s right there and watch him.”


Lisa Palombo is a renowned contemporary American Impressionist known for her expressive brushwork and fearless use of color. Her horse, polo and horse racing images are particularly masterful, capturing the elegance, movement and thunder of these magnificent animals. Lisa began her formal art education at the age of nine while spending summers at the renowned Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She later graduated from RISD with honors and has been painting professionally for over 30 years. Her stunning works of art adorn the walls of private collectors and corporate collections around the world.


Big Red, as he is most affectionately known, became America’s Horse after his historic Triple Crown win in 1973 and set records in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes that still stand today. Secretariat.com is the official website of the legendary champion and celebrates racing’s past to enrich its future.


Spa Fine Art proudly represents an outstanding group of over 200 visual artists, including both established and emerging, as well as nationally and world-renowned. From traditional to contemporary, our artists work in a variety of styles and mediums, composing a wide range of subjects including equestrian, landscape, abstract, figurative and still life. Conveniently located in the heart of historic downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, we are just steps away from everything this beautiful and exciting city has to offer. For inquiries, contact Spa Fine Art Gallery, 376 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, (518) 587-2411 or visit www.spa-fine-art.com.

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