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Secretariat's Meadow Hardcover – September 10, 2010
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"Secretariat fans who could tell his story on their own will truly enjoy Tweedy's first-hand account, as someone fortunate to have personally witnessed greatness in her family, their farm, and their horses." --Horse-races.net
Well written and beautifully illustrated with a gallery of old prints and photographs, Secretariat's Meadow is an artful contribution to the history of the America turf.
--Bill Nack, author of "Secretariat - The Making of a Champion"
"It is a book well worth reading and for me, it brought back many a fond memory."
--Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey
"It makes a grand and moving story and is told with warmth. Beautifully illustrated and produced, Secretariat's Meadow is a pleasure for readers and fans of racing." Frank Mitchell, columnist, Daily Racing Form
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This is no one note history of an East Coast Horse Country family, so much more than a simple regional history. It is a tribute to the land, the beginning of a breeding/racing empire and the extended family who made it all possible, a rare trifecta of fate. Such a book could only be accomplished by an author who has intimate knowledge of such details, Penny Cherney's daughter, Kate Cherney Tweedy, is one of the authors. She is joined by Leanne Meadows and noted Virginia photographer, Wayne Dementi. The story, photographs and acknowledgement of so many people who make up a successful racing operation endears these three to my heart.
A horse-crazed teenage girl, I was glued to Derby, Preakness and the Belmont Stakes every year, hoping to witness such a winner. I can remember in vivid detail Secretariat's ascent to Triple Crown glory and into my heart where he will live forever. Other college girls had their rooms plastered with posters of the Pop stars, mine were newspaper clippings and photos of the greatest thoroughbred of my generation. His effect has not lessened some 30 years later, tears still run down my face whenever I see a film clip of "Big Red" on the racetrack. I know I will never see anything like Secretariat again in my life.
This Autumn there is to be a film released about Secretariat starring Diane Lane as Penny Cherney, the "First Lady of Racing". Three horses are making up his role, I am surprised it did not entail more.Read more ›
This book seems to pick up where Raymond Wolfe's 2001 edition of 'Secretariat' left off. In the footnote at the end of that work Raymond updated the readers on the condition of the Meadow in 1998, with Ross Sternhiemer's purchase of the estate. 'Secretariat's Meadow' begins there and takes us back into the history of the land and its people, the players and circumstances that generated the spirit of determination that would eventually give to America if not its greatest then certainly one of its most gifted Thoroughbred performers. A brief synopsis of this piece might look like this: with beginnings dating back to the early 1700s, the land rooted in plantations and slave ownership, we are led through ante and postbellum periods with regard to specific families, characters , social conditions, and geography. At the core is one clan, the Morris family, headed by a physician who acquired the acreage from wealthy landowners. The Meadow remained with the family for more than a century when in the clutches of the devastation and poverty the civil war left behind, the land was sold. The war filtered out the strong from the weak, and James Chennery and wife Ida, relations who resided at the Meadow for a time, were determined to survive the aftermath. Moving to Richmond and then to Ashland, their future lied with the education of their children. All their sons and daughters succeeded in their own respective professions, journalism, medicine, and engineering, the latter ascribed to the ambitious and creative Christopher who would eventually return the Meadow to the family. Developing a passion for horses and horse racing in particular, young Christopher set out to accomplish his most pressing need, to secure his finances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting book about the history of this family, the owners of my sports hero of all time. A really good read, even if you are not much of a horse racing fan.Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Frei
Good reading....too much of the book about the family...it would have been better to have more written about the horse...Published 3 months ago by Alberto G. Canton