Commonwealth Fairs & Events (CF&E) of Virginia and of Louisville, Kentucky are pleased to announce they are co-hosting the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow on March 29-30. The celebration will also mark the kickoff of the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s historic Triple Crown of 1973.   

“This important event, the first of more to come, demonstrates our sincere commitment to preserving and enhancing The Meadow’s singular heritage as the birthplace of Secretariat.   Together with, we can offer the legions of Secretariat fans a richly memorable experience during this milestone anniversary year,” said Jeff Dillon, president of the State Fair of Virginia.  
The major highlight of the Secretariat Birthday Celebration will be the return of Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner, to the birthplace of her legendary Triple Crown Winner.  Revered as the “First Lady of Racing,” Ms. Chenery is slated to be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs.  
Hall of Fame jockey, Ron Turcotte, who piloted “Big Red” to his Triple Crown victory, is expected to join Chenery as well as Charlie Davis, Secretariat’s exercise rider. The former grooms and exercise riders who worked with the young Secretariat and his stable mate Riva Ridge (winner of the 1972 Derby and Belmont) at The Meadow will be on hand to share their experiences.  
Chenery’s daughter, Kate Chenery Tweedy, will sign copies of the award-winning “Secretariat’s  Meadow  – The Land, The Family, The Legend,” and “Riva Ridge – Penny’s First Champion,” both of which she co-authored with Leeanne Meadows Ladin. 
“I am delighted to join Ronnie and Charlie on Secretariat’s birthday at The Meadow to kick off the celebration marking the 40th anniversary of his 1973 Triple Crown,” said Penny Chenery. “Virginia holds such fond memories for me and I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.”
The Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow will begin on Friday March 29 with a “Winner’s Circle” reception that evening.  This will be followed by a public showing of the Disney film “Secretariat,” after which Ms. Chenery, Mr. Turcotte and other special guests will participate in a panel discussion.   
An all–day program is in store for Saturday, March 30, including autograph sessions, narrated tram tours of the farm, meeting local Secretariat descendants and a “Taste of Virginia” showcase.  A portion of the proceeds from the Secretariat Birthday Celebration will go toward the preservation of the historic barns at The Meadow. 
Ticket information will be available in early February. For continuous updates on the event, see and its Facebook page. For more information about Secretariat, please visit
The Meadow Event Park is owned by CF&E and the Virginia Farm Bureau and is also the site of the State Fair of Virginia. is the official website for the legendary Thoroughbred champion and oversees the development and management of Secretariat-related merchandise and events.