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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dementi Milestone Publishing; 2010 Edition edition (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098270190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982701904
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"(Secretariat's Meadow)...benefits enormously by coming from a direct family source, with the series of illustrations and photographs enhancing the overall reading experience." --Thoroughbred Daily News

"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."

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

About the Author

Kate Chenery Tweedy learned to ride at The Meadow as a child and later joined the family at races in New York and Saratoga Springs. At age twenty, she was in the eye of the whirlwind surrounding Secretariat and experienced his historic Triple Crown win at her mother s side at Belmont. She has accompanied her mother, the first lady of racing, in her travels across the country to keep Secretariat s legacy alive. Kate, an erstwhile lawyer, now teacher, editor, author and family historian, spent three years researching to do justice to the story of her remarkable grandfather and mother whose horses brought the national attention to that timeless place, The Meadow. She and her husband Jerry live in Littleton, Colorado. Her two grown daughters are educators and writers as well. <P><BR><BR>Leeanne Meadows Ladin also learned to ride at her grandparents farm in Virginia, racing pinto ponies on red clay fields by the Blackwater River with her cousins. She is the author of four books of regional historical interest, including the award-winning The State Fair of Virginia More Than A Midway, which featured a chapter on The Meadow. She and her husband Gary live in Richmond, Virginia.

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The book itself was well written and had beautiful pictures throughout.
Carol Parmenter
I just received my copy of Secretariat's Meadow and couldn't stop reading until I had finished the book.
I recommend it, not only to all Secretariat fans, but for all those who love horses!

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Julia A. Andrews VINE VOICE on September 3, 2010
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This wonderful book brings to life all the people who made The Meadow Stable such a prominent figure in Thoroughbred racing, from Christopher T. Cherney's dream to his grand-daughter's, Penny Cherney's dream horse, Secretariat.

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.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Cardenas on September 2, 2010
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The Hearts of the Meadow

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.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By GoatGirlAR on October 18, 2011
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The book is beautiful, and contains a lot of family information and photos, and beautiful layouts. However, the title and cover is rather misleading. The book reads more like a geneology book rather than a book about a racehorsing legend. When I received the book I immediately sat down and started thumbing through it. I had assumed that the book (because of the title and picture of Secretariat on the cover)would be filled with pictures of Secretariat amongst some information about where he came from and the family. When I reached the portion about Secretariat, it was at the back of the book and only a few pages had anything to do with Secretariat. After I spent time pondering the book, I thought to myself that even though the author is related and had a personal interest in telling the story, I felt as though she was using Secretariat's popularity to sell copies. If you're looking for a book on Secretariat with great pictures, and history of the racehorse, this may not be the book for you. Now a coffee table book just about Secretariat would be definitely worth writing about! :)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Scotty on September 3, 2010
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I just received my copy of Secretariat's Meadow and couldn't stop reading until I had finished the book. The history behind The Meadow is fascinating and so well told. Of course Secretariat's personal story is mesmerizing but it is only part of the whole picture. A thank you to the authors for bringing this family story, the people and the wonderful horses who created The Meadow, to life. The photographs are wonderful-thank you again. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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