Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Secretariat Celebration Set for March 29

Birthday celebration for Triple Crown winner to be held at Virginia birthplace.

The annual birthday celebration for legendary 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat is set for March 29 at his birthplace in Doswell, Va.

The event starts at 11 a.m. ET at what is now The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The son of Bold Ruler was born nearly 44 years ago on March 30, 1970.
Activities include autograph sessions with members of the original Meadow Stable team, displays of Secretariat memorabilia and Secretariat merchandise, narrated tram tours of the historic property, children's activities, sale of equine-related items and Virginia products, as well as appearances by Secretariat descendants Covert Action and Multiple Choice from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River.
A new attraction will be an open house for the Museum of the Virginia Horse and the Meadow Champions Galleries in the Meadow Hall mansion. At 5 p.m., there will be a VIP cocktail reception, followed by an exclusive screening of the new film "Secretariat's JockeyRon Turcotte", produced by the National Film Board of Canada. At 8 p.m., the festivities will conclude with a champagne birthday toast at the foaling shed in which Secretariat was born.
Adult general admission tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Admission for children 5 to 12 is $5, and children 4 and younger will be admitted free. Admission includes the tram tour, and parking is free. Additional ticket packages are available for the VIP reception, film, and champagne toast. For details and ticket information visit