Big Red’s annual birthday celebration at The Meadow in Doswell, Va., will host the three men who rode the legendary race horse at the peak of his spectacular career. Hall of Fame jockeys Ron Turcotte and Eddie Maple, plus exercise rider Charlie Davis, are scheduled to join the festivities March 29, marking the first time all three have gathered together at Secretariat’s birthplace.
Joining the 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.
The one-day program begins at 11 a.m. New this year is an open house for the Museum of the Virginia Horse and the Meadow Champions Galleries in the Meadow Hall mansion, which illustrates the history of the horse in Virginia since Colonial times. The Meadow Champions Galleries showcase the famous broodmares and racehorses of Meadow Stable, as well as the 1972–73 Triple Crown races of Secretariat and Riva Ridge. Also included in the line-up of events are autograph sessions; extensive display of Secretariat merchandise and memorabilia for purchase; exclusive memorabilia display, including the first training saddles worn by Secretariat and Riva Ridge; Secretariat descendants from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River; narrated tram tours of the farm; presentation of the horses and hounds of the Caroline Hunt; and pony rides and a moon bounce.
At 5 p.m., the Secretariat team will host a VIP reception in Meadow Hall mansion. At 6 p.m., there will be an exclusive screening of the film “Secretariat’s Jockey: Ron Turcotte,” followed by Q&A with the team. Capping off the festivities at 8 p.m. will be the first-ever champagne birthday toast, which will take place at Secretariat’s original foaling shed with Turcotte, Maple, Davis, and Tweedy. Celebrants will sip in style with an exclusive commemorative champagne glass.
General admission tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; $5 for children ages 5—12, free for children age 4 and younger. Ticket includes the narrated tram tour of the farm. Parking is free. Additional ticket packages are available for special events, including the VIP package ($75/person, includes general admission with tram tour, reception, film and mini-poster) and Triple Crown Package ($100/person, includes general admission with tram tour, reception, film, mini-poster, and champagne toast with commemorative glass).
For more information, contact Secretariat tourism manager Leeanne Meadows at email@example.com or visit http://www.secretariatsmeadow.com. Order tickets from https://your-ticket-order.com/ECommerce/71656/?event=2014ST