FESTIVAL MARKING 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF SECRETARIAT’S TRIPLE CROWN CAMPAIGN TO FEATURE GIANTS OF RACING
Owner Penny Chenery and Nine Derby Winning Riders Celebrate with Silent Auction, Claiborne Farm Tours, Family Activities and Music
PARIS, Ky. (September 12, 2013) –The Secretariat Foundation today announced that the sixth annual Bourbon County Secretariat Festival, September 20th and 21st in historic Paris Kentucky, marks the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s legendary Triple Crown victory. It will include appearances of legends from horse racing as well the world premiere of Landlocked Films’ Penny & Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner.
Many of Saturday’s festivities will take place at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, with free admission to a full schedule of events. Highlighting the day will be appearances and autograph signings by Mrs. Chenery, Secretariat’s jockey Ron Turcotte, exercise rider Charlie Davis and Secretariat author and acclaimed sports writer Bill Nack. Also scheduled to meet with festival-goers are Walt Disney Pictures’ Secretariat star Otto Thorwarth, who played Turcotte in the popular feature film, as well as a very rare assembly of nine Derby winning riders, including: Jose Santos, Pat Day, Jean Cruguet, Chris McCarron, Eddie Maple, Jacinto Vasquez, Jorge Velasquez, Angel Cordero and Mike Manganello.
Friday, September 20
• World Premier of Penny & Red: the Life of Secretariat’s Owner at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington – 6:00 p.m.
• Paris Artwalk, downtown Paris 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Artwalk After-Party and Four Roses Bourbon tasting at Oasis Event Hall, 718 Main St., 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 21 – Bourbon County Fairgrounds – 30 Legion Dr. Paris, KY
- 5k Big Red Run/Walk – Adena Springs Farm, registration 8:00 a.m., race starts at 9:00 a.m.
- Claiborne Farm Tours where Secretariat stood at stud and is buried – departing every half hour from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Official Secretariat Merchandise and Memorabilia Store
- Celebrity Autograph Signing by:
- Penny Chenery – Secretariat’s owner, Ron Turcotte, Secretariat’s Triple Crown winning jockey
- Bill Nack – acclaimed sports journalist and author of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion
- Charlie Davis – Secretariat’s exercise rider
- Otto Thorwarth – actor and former jockey who portrayed Ron Turcotte in Disney’s “SECRETARIAT”
- Legendary Jockeys Eddie Maple, Jean Cruguet, Pat Day Chris McCarron, Mike Manganello, Laffit Pincay,J orge Velasquez, Jacinto Vasquez and Angel Cordero
- Local & Regional Art & Crafts
- Secretariat Archive Silent Auction – with rare memorabilia from the Secretariat archives
- Children’s Activities including “Ride Like a Jockey” on the North American Riding Academy Mechanical Horse Simulator
- Food, Entertainment, and Live Music featuring Dale Pyatt and the Chicken Grease Band
- Registration for Saturday’s 5K Big Red Run/Walk and Claiborne Farm Tour reservations as well as more information about the Festival events and celebrity signings are available at Secretariat.com and the Secretariat Festival Facebook page.
Directions to Bourbon County Fairgrounds
Located in historic Paris, Kentucky, just east of Lexington. Driving east or west on I-75/64, take Paris Pike exit 113 heading north on Highway 27/68 approximately 18 miles. Pass through the 2nd stoplight at the Paris Bypass intersection, and continue straight through downtown Paris on Main St. Continue north under overpass and across Stoner Creek turning left onto Legion Rd. to enter the Bourbon County Fairgrounds.
About Secretariat and the Secretariat Foundation
Secretariat was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years. He set race records in all three events in the Series – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes– records that still stand today. In addition to being the 9th Triple Crown Champion, his awards included American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse, American Champion Male Turf Horse, American Horse of the Year (1972, 1973), and leading broodmare sire in North America. He is considered to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time. In 1999, ESPN ranked Secretariat the 35th best athlete of the 20th century, the highest ranking racehorse on the list. Owned by Penny Chenery, also known as Penny Tweedy, he was trained by Lucien Laurin and mainly ridden by Canadian jockey Ron Turcotte. He raced in Chenery’s Meadow Stable’s blue and white checkered colors.
The Secretariat Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created by Penny Chenery to assist the Thoroughbred industry in the areas of research, rehabilitation, retirement and recognition. Mrs. Chenery named the foundation after her great champion to use his enduring appeal to bring greater awareness to the many causes found within the equine-related community. For more information about Secretariat or the foundation, visit www.Secretariat.com
6th Annual Event Honors the Legend of Secretariat with Activities and Sports Celebrities
Paris, KY (June 25, 2013) – The Bourbon County Secretariat Festival will be held September 20-21, 2013. This year celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Secretariat’s sweep of the 1973 Triple Crown races – The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Following his historic racing career, Secretariat stood at stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky and the famous stallion was buried in a place of honor at the farm. Secretariat and his legend are honored as the centerpiece of the celebration with proceeds from the Festival to benefit local non-profit organizations and the Secretariat Foundation: A non-profit equine-related organization dedicated to the support of causes in the thoroughbred industry.
Festivities will begin on Friday, September 20th with the Paris Art Walk from 5 -9 p.m. and continue Saturday, September 21st with a wide variety of attractions, exhibits, autograph opportunities, and events throughout the day including:
- 5K Secretariat Big Red Run/Walk through beautiful Adena Springs Thoroughbred Farm in Paris, Ky.
- Autograph Session with Secretariat’s Meadow Stable team including owner Penny Chenery, jockey Ron Turcotte and exercise rider Charlie Davis. More celebrity participants to be announced at a later date!
- Claiborne Farm tour of Secretariat’s barn home and burial site
- Secretariat Gallery featuring local and regional artists with original paintings and crafts available for purchase
- Mounted Pony competitions
- Bluegrass Miniature Horse Club Demonstration and contests
- Renegade Cowgirls Drill Team Performance
- Exciting demonstration with World Class Friesians
- Festival Music
- Children’s Activities, including the chance to Ride like a Jockey on the mechanical exerciser
- Food and Concessions
Admission is free and Gates open to the Bourbon County Fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. Autograph session and Claiborne Farm tours offered for a fee with proceeds going to the Secretariat Foundation and local non-profit charities.
For more information on the 2013 Bourbon County Secretariat Festival, or to pre-register for the Claiborne Farm tour or Big Red Walk/Run, please visit www.Secretariat.com, “Fan Club” tab. Information can also be found on Facebook – Secretariat Festival and Twitter (@SecretariatFest)