Tag: horse racing

The world’s greatest horse races

There is something that makes horse racing more special than other sports. Perhaps it is because of the regal elegance of the animals, perhaps it is the breakneck speed that they get up to or perhaps it is because jockeys are willing to push their safety right to the edge for our personal enjoyment.

Will there be a Triple Crown winner this year?

For the second time in almost thirty years, we could have another Triple Crown champion on our hands in 2017.

Big Red is still running for the roses

In 1973, Secretariat sailed across the finish line at the Kentucky Derby on his way to a record-breaking sweep of the Triple Crown.

Special events at horse festival include Secretariat descendant debut, colt gentling, parade of breeds

This year’s second annual Virginia Horse Festival will welcome Groundshaker, a great-great-granddaughter of legendary Secretariat.

Biographer, actor part of Secretariat Birthday Celebration

William Nack and Otto Thorwarth will be among headliners for the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow Event Park April 1-3.

Secretariat sets another record with giant replica horseshoe

The world’s largest horseshoe, certified by Guinness World Records, is an exact replica of a racing shoe worn by Virginia-born Triple Crown champion Secretariat.

New Secretariat stride markers installed at The Meadow

Hailed as “America’s Super Horse” in 1973, the legendary Triple Crown champion Secretariat possessed many attributes that contributed to his racing prowess. One of the most notable was his ground-swallowing 25-foot stride.

Secretariat’s Triple Crown still shines

American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, is basking in the national media spotlight, and deservedly so. Rising to meet every challenge of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, he is now only the 12th horse since 1919 to claim racing’s most elusive prize. As icing on the cake, he is a great-great-great grandson of Secretariat, still hailed as the greatest Triple Crown champion of all.

Secretariat birthplace at The Meadow named to National Register of Historic Places

The birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat located in The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County has been named to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.

Call 811 sponsors Kentucky Derby jockey Victor Espinoza

‘Columbia Gas of Virginia, a member of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and Virginia 811, announced that CGA and more than 30 of its member organizations have partnered to sponsor jockey Victor Espinoza, who will ride the early favorite at this Saturday’s 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Secretariat descendants dominating road to Kentucky Derby

They say the Kentucky Derby is the most exciting 2 minutes in all of sports. On May 5, 1973, Secretariat made it the most exciting 1 minute, 59 and 2/5 seconds in sports.

Secretariat’s birthplace at The Meadow named to Virginia Landmarks Register

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources today named the birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat at The Meadow to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

Secretariat jockey to headline birthday celebration

Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who piloted Secretariat to his historic Triple Crown victory in 1973, will headline the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow March 27-29.

Secretariat birthday event to feature Meadow Stable ‘family reunion’ of descendants

There’s a big bash planned for “Big Red,” and this year the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow Event Park will feature a “family reunion” as well.

Secretariat celebration will be part of Virginia Horse Festival

The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County will have extra horsepower this year.

Secretariat descendants in running for awards

Several descendants of Triple Crown champion Secretariat are in the running for Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious awards.

Secretariat descendants in running for awards

Online voting concluded Dec. 17 for the fifth annual Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi or “Voice of the People” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resonated with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.