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Secretariat’s book to be released at 40th bday celebration
NEW BOOK ABOUT SECRETARIAT AND THE MEADOW TO BE ANNOUNCED MARCH 27 AT MEADOW EVENT PARK
Announcement Comes on Secretariat’s 40th Birthday Celebration
Richmond, VA (March 17, 2010)- On March 30, 1970 a legend was born at The Meadow, a historic farm in Caroline County, Virginia. It was Secretariat, the great red stallion who became the 1973 Triple Crown winner and “America’s Super Horse.”
On March 27, 2010, his 40th birthday will be celebrated at his birthplace, now called The Meadow Event Park, the home of the State Fair of Virginia. Coming from Denver, Colorado to mark the occasion will be Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery (Tweedy) who raced Secretariat, and granddaughter of Christopher T. Chenery, who founded The Meadow as a Thoroughbred farm in 1936.
During the formal program at 1:00 pm in the Meadow Pavilion, Tweedy, together with Virginia author Leeanne Ladin and publisher Wayne Dementi, will formally announce their upcoming book entitled “Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend.” The pictorial history will be the first Chenery family account of the origins of the farm, its champion horses and Secretariat’s spectacular career and enduring legacy. It will include a foreword by Penny Chenery and many never before published photographs of The Meadow, its horses and its people from her private collection.
Tweedy and Ladin will read selected excerpts from the book and Dementi will show some of the Chenery family photographs. The book, which has been three years in the making, is scheduled to be published this fall prior to the release of the much-anticipated Disney movie Secretariat about the horse and Penny Chenery.
The birthday celebration takes place from 11 am – 4 pm and is free and open to the public. There will be tours of the historic barns and Secretariat’s foaling shed, as well as a visit by his great-grandson Rainaway. The event is sponsored by the SFVA Equine Museum Foundation and Caroline County Tourism.