Colonial Downs will name its turf course for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, the track announced Monday. Secretariat was bred in Virginia at Meadow Stud by Penny Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Christopher Chenery, who started the farm in the 1930s. The collaboration is part of a licensing agreement with the Tweedy family and Secretariat.com that also will feature an annual Secretariat Day at the racetrack as well as equine welfare fundraising and other promotional opportunities, including festivities planned for Virginia Derby Day Aug. 31.
“Colonial Downs is thrilled to partner with the Tweedy family and spotlight one of Virginia racing’s brightest stars, who was foaled less than 50 miles from our own gates,” said Jill Byrne, Colonial Downs Vice President of Racing operations. “Secretariat’s enduring legacy continues to reverberate with new generations of fans, and it is only fitting that Colonial Downs recognizes this native son of the Commonwealth.”
“My family and I are excited that live racing has returned to Virginia and that we can contribute by sharing the legacy of Secretariat.” added Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery.