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DOSWELL—The birthplace of Secretariat at The Meadow Event Park is now the site of a rare memorabilia collection from the early days of Meadow Stable.
Penny Chenery, whose father Christopher T. Chenery founded the racing stable in 1936, recently donated several items from her family’s personal collection. They are on permanent loan for the Secretariat tourism program at The Meadow, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
“Since 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of Meadow Stable, this seemed the right time to let these special pieces return to the farm so the public can enjoy seeing them,” Chenery said. Revered as the “First Lady of Racing,” Chenery owned and raced Secretariat, whose records in his historic 1973 Triple Crown sweep have never been broken.
The Chenery Collection includes:
The Secretariat tourism program at The Meadow also has acquired:
Those items were presented to the Secretariat tourism program by John and Martha Welch, who is Gentry’s niece.
The new Chenery Collection will be on display for visitors who take the “Hoofprints of History” tours at The Meadow. The tours also include the historic barns and grounds where Secretariat was born, raised and trained. Leeanne Ladin, who co-wrote Secretariat’s Meadow—The Land, The Family, The Legend, serves as narrator. For more information, visit MeadowEventPark.com.
Media: Contact Ladin at 804-363-1683.
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