Meadow Birthday Celebration 2014
SECRETARIAT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION TO BE HELD AT THE MEADOW IN VIRGINIA MARCH 29, 2014
Events to Honor Legendary Champion and the Men who Rode Him
Doswell, VA – It’s been almost 44 years since legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born at The Meadow on March 30, 1970, and legions of devoted fans are still celebrating the birthday of “America’s Super Horse.”
The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow in Doswell, Virginia will offer fans a triple treat on March 29, reuniting the three men who rode “Big Red” at the peak of his spectacular racing career. Slated to appear at the event are Hall of Fame jockeys Ron Turcotte and Eddie Maple and exercise rider Charlie Davis. It will be the first time all three men have been together at Secretariat’s birthplace in Virginia.
Turcotte piloted the legendary Thoroughbred to his unforgettable Triple Crown victory in 1973, breaking the track records in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. He also guided Meadow champion Riva Ridge to glory in the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont. Maple guided Secretariat to victory in his final race, the Canadian International at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. He also was aboard Riva Ridge in a second place effort to Secretariat in the prestigious 1973 Marlboro Cup. Davis exercised Secretariat during his morning gallops and developed his own close relationship with the great horse.
Joining the illustrious gathering will be Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery and co-author of the award-winning Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend and Riva Ridge – Penny’s First Champion, which she wrote with Leeanne Meadows Ladin. Ladin, as author/historian, is now Secretariat tourism manager at The Meadow.
The Secretariat team will be on hand for a VIP reception and exclusive screening of the film “Secretariat’s Jockey – Ron Turcotte” beginning at 5:00 p.m. Capping off the festivities later that evening will be the inaugural Secretariat Birthday Champagne Toast, which will take place at the original foaling shed at The Meadow with Turcotte, Maple, Davis and Tweedy.
The Meadow Birthday Celebration has become a tradition and anticipated occasion to Big Red fans who travel from across the country to enjoy the many festivities held in the historic and pastoral setting of Secretariat’s birthplace. During the day, attendees can enjoy a full slate of activities starting at 11:00 a.m. that will include:
- autograph sessions with members of the original Meadow Stable team
- extensive display of Secretariat merchandise and memorabilia for purchase
- exclusive memorabilia display including the first training saddles worn by Secretariat and Riva Ridge
- narrated tram tours of the farm featuring Secretariat’s original foaling shed
- presentation of the horses and hounds of the Caroline Hunt
- meet and greet with original Meadow Stable grooms and riders who worked at the farm in its heyday
- pony rides and moon bounce for children
- meeting local Secretariat descendants from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River
- local vendors selling equine-related items and Virginia products; and much more.
General admission tickets will be $12 in advance; $15 at the gate; $5 for children age 5 to 12 and free for children age 4 and younger. Admission includes the narrated tram tour of the farm. Parking is free. Additional ticket packages are available for the VIP reception, film screening and champagne toast. For further information about the Secretariat Birthday Celebration, email Leeanne Ladin at email@example.com or call Meadow Event Park at 804-994-2800.
The Meadow Event Park is located off I-95 at exit 98 (Doswell) 1.5 miles east of King’s Dominion theme park.
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