SECRETARIAT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT THE MEADOW

Fans of Virginia-born racing legend Secretariat enjoyed a weekend of activities focused on “Big Red” at the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow this past weekend.  The event marked the great Thoroughbred’s birthday and kicks off the 40th anniversary of his historic 1973 Triple Crown.

Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner, attended the event along with jockey Ron Turcotte and exercise rider Charlie Davis. Virginia music legend Steve Bassett also debuted his tribute song “When Big Red Ran.” Bassett, co-author of the ever-popular song “Sweet Virginia Breeze,” performed  the new song “ exclusively at the celebration. The song was dedicated to Chenery.

Bassett, well-known as a singer/songwriter and independent recording artist, wrote the song with Leeanne Meadows Ladin, co-author of the best-selling book “Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend.” 

Following a Friday night reception and a special screening of the movie Secretariat, a full day of events followed on Saturday which included an autograph session with Chenery, Ron Turcotte and Charlie Davis, a chance to meet the original grooms and riders of Meadow Stable and an opportunity to meet local Secretariat descendants Covert Action and Rainaway.

The Secretariat Birthday Celebration was co-hosted by Commonwealth Fairs and Events of Virginia and Secretariat.com of Louisville, Kentucky.  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 which is now 100% owned by VFB.

Secretariat.com is the official website for the legendary Thoroughbred champion and oversees the development and management of Secretariat-related merchandise and events.

CAN’T HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY WITHOUT A CAKE!

CHARLIE DAVIS

RON TURCOTTE