DOSWELL—The Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow on March 29 and 30 will mark the anniversary of the famed racing Thoroughbred’s birth on March 30, 1970, and the 40th anniversary of his record-breaking 1973 Triple Crown win.
The celebration will be held at Secretariat’s birthplace, now known as The Meadow Event Park, in Caroline County. Sponsors are Commonwealth Fairs & Events LLC and secretariat.com
A highlight of the event will be the return of Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, to the venue. Chenery, who lives in Colorado, will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. Secretariat’s jockey, Ron Turcotte, has been invited to the celebration as well, along with exercise rider Charlie Davis and former Meadow Stable grooms and other staff. Chenery’s daughter, Kate Chenery Tweedy, will sign copies of Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend and Riva Ridge – Penny’s First Champion, which she co-authored with Leeanne Meadows Ladin.
The event will begin with a reception on the evening of March 29, followed by a showing of the 2010 Disney film Secretariat. Chenery and the Secretariat team will participate in a panel discussion following the film.
On March 30, an all-day program will feature autograph sessions with the Secretariat team; extensive displays of Secretariat memorabilia and merchandise; narrated tram tours of The Meadow’s historic buildings and equine complex; and the opportunity to meet the original grooms and riders of Meadow Stable, as well as local Secretariat descendants. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward preservation of the historic barns.
Ticket information and other event details are available at secretariatsmeadow.com
“Commonwealth Fairs & Events and Virginia Farm Bureau Federation are very excited about partnering with the Secretariat team to present the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow,” said Jeff Dillon, treasurer of CF&E and Farm Bureau. “Together with secretariat.com we can offer the legions of Secretariat fans a richly memorable experience during this milestone anniversary year.”
Contact Ladin, event director, at 804-232-7521.