Racing Fever at Southern States

In 1973, Secretariat captured the hearts of the American public and took the racing world by storm when he won the legendary Triple Crown, setting race records in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Owned by Penny Chenery, Big Red was foaled in Virginia at the famous racing stable at the Meadow and forever put Virginia on the map of Thoroughbred horse racing.

Just released is a new book unlike any other on Secretariat. Authored by Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s Meadow- The Land, The Family, The Legend gives readers an inside look at over 200 never-before published pictures from Penny’s private collection and the stories that bring them to life.

Arriving in Richmond Friday for the movie premier, Kate makes the first stop on her Virginia book tour at Southern States West Broad, 8718 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294. (804) 747-9315.

This unique event also celebrates the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF.) On hand will be Covert Action (Secretariat’s grandson, ex-racehorse and star of the TRF) making a rare public appearance.  

The TRF rescues racehorses when they can no longer compete at the track due to age, injury or other circumstances. Many of the horses are rehabilitated and available for adoption and a chance at new careers. The TRF has partnered locally with the VDOC in the first program of its kind in Virginia called Second Chances at James River. Based at the James River Work Center, the program matches inmates with horses. The horses are rehabilitated and the inmates gain job skills and a certification allowing them to work in the horse industy on release from prison.

Make plans to attend “Secretariat Day at Southern States”  from noon to 3:00. Feeling lucky? Don’t miss your chance to win one of several excellent door prizes including 500 pounds of Legends or Southern States horse grain, a signed copy of Secretariat’s Meadow, a bridle, racing-themed glassware, home accessories and some of your favorite animal health products. Thanks to our sponsors Southern States, Dementi Milestone Publishing and Kate Chenery Tweedy, Toklat, GT Reid and Farnam.

Books will be available for sale on site ($29.99) and Kate will be happy to sign your copy. For every book sold that day, a donation will be made to the TRF.

Contact Equine Specialist Aynsley Fisher to reserve your spot today! aynsley.fisher@sscoop.com, (804) 747-9315.

For additional information, visit www.35miledrive.com, www.jamesriverhorses.org, www.southernstates.com