Though Secretariat’s spectacular racing career has been the subject of much commentary and even a Disney movie in 2010 made about him, the complete story of his Virginia birthplace and the Chenery family who raised and raced him has never been told…until now.
“Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family and The Legend” is by Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery (Tweedy) and granddaughter of Christopher T. Chenery, who founded the racing stable. Written with Leeanne Meadows Ladin, a Virginia writer and horsewoman, the book tells not only Secretariat’s story, but the story of an enduring piece of land where an “empire built on broodmares” produced an immortal son.
At The Meadow, “America’s Super Horse” first learned to gallop across its rolling fields, then on its loamy track. There, Secretariat first felt the calming hand of a groom, the taste of a bit in his mouth and the weight of a rider on his back. At The Meadow, the foundation was laid for a legend. This pictorial history includes a foreword by Penny Chenery with over 200 exclusive photos from her private collection. It is a must-have for horse lovers and history buffs alike.
Now in its sixth printing, “Secretariat’s Meadow” has been updated with a 24-page color insert entitled “The Tremendous Machine Rolls On.” Readers will enjoy behind the scenes stories about the filming of the Disney movie “Secretariat;” how his descendants are dominating racing today; how his legacy lives on at his birthplace at The Meadow, and more.