Secretariat's legendary Triple Crown campaign in 1973 has marveled three generations of racing fans, fascinated by the mark he left on history and his stunning performances that rewrote the record books. “Big Red's” 40th Anniversary Celebration continues on this season's Triple Crown trail with special events and appearances by the Meadow Stable team at the Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness.
Tickets are available for festivities that begin Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m., when a live taping of ESPN's In the Gate Thoroughbred racing podcast series comes to the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Hosted by Barry Abrams, the Roundtable Discussion, “Secretariat's 40th Anniversary,” will feature Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery and jockey Ron Turcotte and offer an in-depth conversation about the phenomenon that was Secretariat, as well as the now-settled controversy of his record-breaking race time in the Preakness. Audience participation will be encouraged for the Roundtable Discussion, which will subsequently be available on ESPN.com leading up to Preakness day. The panel includes Secretariat: The Making of a Champion author Bill Nack, journalist Steve Davidowitz, Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas and members of the Maryland Racing Commission among others.
At 7:30 p.m., immediately following the ESPN podcast, the National Film Board of Canada will present the highly anticipated documentary Secretariat's Jockey-Ron Turcotte . This touching film, directed by award-winning filmmaker Phil Comeau and produced by Maryse Chapdelaine, follows Turcotte as he returns to the people and places that marked the storied life of this resilient and legendary jockey, whose impressive 16-year career in the irons ended in 1978 when a fall left him paraplegic.
A VIP reception at 9 p.m. will toast this incredible evening with appearances from the Meadow Team and Roundtable panel, as well as the Maryland Horse Industry Board's presentation of its May “Touch of Class” Awards. The awards, presented monthly by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Secretary of Agriculture, recognize individuals or horses who demonstrate national or international excellence.
“It is a privilege to honor the greatness of the magnificent Secretariat at each and every one of his pivotal anniversaries,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “The celebration of his 40th is even sweeter following the official confirmation last year that Big Red did, in fact, set a track record with his 1973 Preakness win. Secretariat's star power is timeless, as his legion of fans can well attest.”
“The Maryland Jockey Club has been most gracious in pulling together such an enriching event,” Mrs. Chenery said. “I am very much looking forward to an engaging panel discussion hosted by ESPN, seeing the documentary film about Ronnie and sharing this memorable occasion with friends and fans.”
Tickets for the May 14 trio of events which include the ESPN Roundtable, AFI film screening and VIP reception, can be purchased for $50 through www.secretariat.com. A special discounted rate of $25 is available for children 14 and under.
Secretariat fans can enjoy more of the 40th Anniversary Celebration when it continues Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 17, and Preakness Day, May 18, at Pimlico Race Course. Members of the Meadow Stable team including Turcotte and exercise rider Charlie Davis as well as Nack are currently scheduled to host an autograph signing and meet and greet both days. Secretariat enthusiasts can also purchase an assortment of official Secretariat merchandise and memorabilia at the Secretariat Tent.
For more information about tickets or the Secretariat 40th Anniversary Celebration and scheduled events, go online to Secretariat.com, the official website for the legendary Thoroughbred champion and visit www.blackeyedsusanday.com and www.preakness.com for full details.
Secretariat 40th Anniversary: Preakness
Tuesday, May 14,
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD
ESPN Roundtable Podcast Taping, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ron Turcotte Film Screening, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Reception, Meet & Greet and Touch of Class Awards , 9 p.m.
Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18,
Pimlico Race Course
Meadow Team Stable Appearances
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