Maryjean Wall, a member of the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., provides a progress report in the Lexington Herald-Leader on a planned memorial to 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat that she says will be “larger than life.”
The bronze statue, being sculpted in Norman, Okla., by artist Jocelyn Russell, is one and a half times the size of the two-time Horse of the Year, according to Wall. Announced in October, the sculpture of “Big Red” winning the Kentucky Derby with Ron Turcotte aboard could be unveiled as early as next fall and will stand at a traffic circle at Alexandria Drive and Old Frankfort Pike – one of the busiest intersections in Lexington, Ky. – according to Wall. A parking and viewing area will be located nearby for those who want to stop and get a closer look at the outdoor art exhibit.
The memorial is being financed by a combination of public and private funds, including the Triangle Foundation, created by Lexington horse owner and philanthropist Alex G. Campbell Jr. The foundation has funded several other Thoroughbred racing and breeding memorials around the city. A neighborhood organization, Lexington-Frankfort Scenic Corridor, Inc., is also behind the project. Its backers hope it will become a tourist attraction in the region.
Wall writes that “Campbell said he urged Triangle Foundation's executive committee to select Secretariat as the featured horse, 'because Secretariat is the greatest racehorse that ever lived.'”
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