legendary Triple Crown campaign in 1973 has marveled three generations
of racing fans, fascinated by the mark he left on history and his
stunning performances that rewrote the record books. “Big Red’s” 40th
Anniversary Celebration continues on this season’s Triple Crown trail
with special events and appearances by the Meadow Stable team at the
Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness.
Tickets are available for festivities that begin Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m., when a live taping of ESPN’s In the Gate
Thoroughbred racing podcast series comes to the AFI Silver Theatre in
Silver Spring, MD. Hosted by Barry Abrams, the Roundtable Discussion,
“Secretariat’s 40th Anniversary,” will feature Secretariat’s owner Penny
Chenery and jockey Ron Turcotte and offer an in-depth conversation
about the phenomenon that was Secretariat, as well as the now-settled
controversy of his record-breaking race time in the Preakness. Audience
participation will be encouraged for the Roundtable Discussion, which
will subsequently be available on ESPN.com leading up to Preakness day.
The panel includes Secretariat: The Making of a Champion author
Bill Nack, journalist Steve Davidowitz, Maryland Jockey Club president
Tom Chuckas and members of the Maryland Racing Commission among others.
7:30 p.m., immediately following the ESPN podcast, the National Film
Board of Canada will present the highly anticipated documentary Secretariat’s Jockey-Ron Turcotte
. This touching film, directed by award-winning filmmaker Phil Comeau
and produced by Maryse Chapdelaine, follows Turcotte as he returns to
the people and places that marked the storied life of this resilient and
legendary jockey, whose impressive 16-year career in the irons ended
in 1978 when a fall left him paraplegic.
VIP reception at 9 p.m. will toast this incredible evening with
appearances from the Meadow Team and Roundtable panel, as well as the
Maryland Horse Industry Board’s presentation of its May “Touch of Class”
Awards. The awards, presented monthly by Maryland Governor Martin
O’Malley and Secretary of Agriculture, recognize individuals or horses
who demonstrate national or international excellence.
is a privilege to honor the greatness of the magnificent Secretariat at
each and every one of his pivotal anniversaries,” said Maryland Jockey
Club president Tom Chuckas. “The celebration of his 40th is even sweeter
following the official confirmation last year that Big Red did, in
fact, set a track record with his 1973 Preakness win. Secretariat’s
star power is timeless, as his legion of fans can well attest.”
Maryland Jockey Club has been most gracious in pulling together such an
enriching event,” Mrs. Chenery said. “I am very much looking forward to
an engaging panel discussion hosted by ESPN, seeing the documentary
film about Ronnie and sharing this memorable occasion with friends and
for the May 14 trio of events which include the ESPN Roundtable, AFI
film screening and VIP reception, can be purchased for $50 through www.secretariat.com. A special discounted rate of $25 is available for children 14 and under.
fans can enjoy more of the 40th Anniversary Celebration when it
continues Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 17, and Preakness Day, May 18, at
Pimlico Race Course. Members of the Meadow Stable team including
Turcotte and exercise rider Charlie Davis as well as Nack are currently
scheduled to host an autograph signing and meet and greet both days.
Secretariat enthusiasts can also purchase an assortment of official
Secretariat merchandise and memorabilia at the Secretariat Tent.
more information about tickets or the Secretariat 40th Anniversary
Celebration and scheduled events, go online to Secretariat.com, the
official website for the legendary Thoroughbred champion and visit www.blackeyedsusanday.com and www.preakness.com for full details.
Secretariat 40th Anniversary: Preakness
Tuesday, May 14,
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD
ESPN Roundtable Podcast Taping, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ron Turcotte Film Screening, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Reception, Meet & Greet and Touch of Class Awards , 9 p.m.
Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18,
Pimlico Race Course
Meadow Team Stable Appearances