Triple Crown legend’s legacy lives on at The Meadow

In 1973, Secretariat sailed across the finish line at the Kentucky Derby on his way to a record-breaking sweep of the Triple Crown. His record times in the Derby, Preakness and Belmont still stand today. 

More than 30 years later, descendants of “Big Red” are winning races of their own. Great-great-great-grandson Nyquist won the May 7 Kentucky Derby.

As a Farm Bureau member, you have a connection to Secretariat, who was born at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. Farm Bureau acquired the property in 2013.

Leeanne Meadows Ladin, author/historian and Secretariat tourism manager at The Meadow, narrates Hoofprints of History tours on the property. The Meadow is listed on both the national and state registers of historical sites.

During the tours you can walk the same grounds where Secretariat was born and raised. Find out how Christopher Chenery transformed his ancestral homeplace into a renowned Thoroughbred farm, and how his daughter Penny took his dream to unprecedented heights.

Tours are conducted year-round Tuesday through Saturday by appointment. Details about the tours are available on The Meadow’s website.

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