Hot Rod Charlie Wins 2021 Secretariat Vox Populi Award
“Hot Rod Charlie represents the heart and purpose of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award, and his feel-good story and grit as a competitor remind us why we love racing.” said Kate Chenery Tweedy, family historian and daughter of Penny Chenery. “Traditional awards may overlook his accomplishments, but this award celebrates his endearing connection with fans.”
Greg Helm of Roadrunner Racing, representing Hot Rod Charlie’s ownership interests, expressed gratitude for the honor, given the talented field of nominees.
“This colt has given our team such an incredible ride this year, and we are overjoyed he has been recognized as the winner of the Vox Populi Award,” Helm said. “We saw something special in him early on, and ‘Charlie’ has validated that time and time again. It means so much to us that fans have connected with him too.”