It’s been almost 44 years since legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born March 30, 1970, at what is now The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
But legions of devoted fans still mark the birthday of “America’s Super Horse.” Only in Virginia can fans celebrate at his actual birthplace. The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow will begin at 11 a.m. on March 29.
Activities will include autograph sessions with members of the original Meadow Stable team; local Secretariat descendants Covert Action and Multiple Choice from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River; displays of Secretariat memorabilia, and Secretariat merchandise; narrated tram tours of the historic property; children’s activities; and local vendors of equine-related items and Virginia products.
A new attraction will be an open house for the Museum of the Virginia Horse and the Meadow Champions Galleries in the Meadow Hall mansion. At 5 p.m., there will be a VIP cocktail reception, followed by an exclusive screening of the new film Secretariat’s Jockey – Ron Turcotte, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
At 8 p.m., the festivities will conclude with a champagne birthday toast at the foaling shed in which Secretariat was born.
Advance tickets are available at secretariatsmeadow.com. Adult general admission tickets will be $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Admission for children 5 to 12 will be $5, and children 4 and younger will be admitted free. The admission cost includes the tram tour, and parking is free. Additional ticket packages are available for the VIP reception, film and champagne toast.
For details, visit secretariatsmeadow.com or call The Meadow Event Park at 804-994-2800. Commonwealth Fairs & Events of Virginia and secretariat.com of Louisville, Ky., the official Secretariat website, are once again co-hosting the Secretariat birthday celebration.