"Fast horses and fine Bourbon are two
of my favorite things." - Secretariat's Owner, Penny Chenery
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - MAY 1, 6:00 PM
Hosting the evening will be Bill Nack, author of Secretariat, The Making of a Champion.
This ticketed cocktail event will provide guests with an exclusive opportunity to experience a guided tasting with Bourbon connoisseur and Secretariat's owner, Penny Chenery and Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. Mr. Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey will also be present for signings and commemorative Secretariat (1973) merchandise sales will be available for purchase.
The evening will begin with a video presentation of all of Secretariat's races and personal insight from Chenery along with footage of her barrel selection with Four Roses Distiller, Jim Rutledge. Tickets include appetizers and a full bourbon experience! Guests will enjoy tastings of the Secretariat Edition bottle with Penny Chenery and Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, samplings of other Four Roses bourbons along with specialty bourbon cocktails.
Ron Turcotte will be available to meet fans and sign commemorative 40th anniversary merchandise that can be purchased on-site.
Parking may be limited for this event.
Please download our parking map for more detailed information.
MEET PENNY CHENERY & RON TURCOTTE
Penny Chenery Bio:
When Christopher Chenery became gravely ill in the late 1960s, The Meadow's future was in doubt and daughter Penny was the only one of his children willing to continue the operation. Despite the fact she lived with her husband, John Tweedy, and her four children in Colorado, Penny made the decision to continue her father's legacy in Virginia. She balanced roles as housewife and mother adding horse owner and businesswoman to her titles with frequent cross country travel. Penny brought a keen business sense to Meadow Stable but also had the wisdom to take advantage of the partnerships her father had built, working closely with Arthur B. "Bull" Hancock, Jr. of Claiborne Farm.
Ron Turcotte Bio:
Ron Turcotte was a native of Canada. He was from a large family and worked as a lumberjack during his youth. He started working for E.P. Taylor, owner of 1964 Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer, in 1960 and eventually rode for him. Turcotte had great success riding in his native country, winning Canadian jockey titles in 1962 and 1963, and in the United States, winning the 1965 Preakness Stakes aboard Tom Rolfe. Ron had ridden for Lucien Laurin in the mid 1960s and became the regular rider for Meadow's Riva Ridge when the colt's previous jockey was suspended. Turcotte was already familiar with Riva, as the two teamed up previously for a win in the 1971 Flash Stakes at Saratoga.
As a special treat, guests to this premiere event will be the first to view our latest update to the Museum, a Secretariat exhibit. The exhibit documents Secretariat's racing
career primarily through the collection of Penny Chenery. Among the items exhibited are the original 1973 Belmont Stakes photo negative, an exercise saddlecloth used by Secretariat and a Meadow Stable tack box he used during his racing career.