History Talk with Kate Chenery Tweedy – Meadow Farm and Secretariat
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7 pm, by zoom – in partnership with Ashland Branch Library
Kate Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, the owner-manager of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, and granddaughter of his breeder Christopher Chenery, will explore how Meadow Farm, now the Meadow Event Park, came to produce the greatest racehorse of the 20th Century.
Chris Chenery was raised in Ashland and attended Randolph-Macon College before going to New York to make his fortune. In 1936, he established a racing stable on his ancestral farm, The Meadow, in Caroline County. His daughter Penny Chenery led the stable to win the Kentucky Derby twice, in 1972 and 1973. Penny was played by Diane Lane in the 2010 film Secretariat. Kate, an Ashland resident, author of Secretariat’s Meadow: the Land, the Family, the Legend, grew up admiring her family’s horses and has shared their story at venues all over the country.
Free, but registration is required.
Triple Crown drinks and local fare to enjoy as you watch this Triple Crown winner
Sweet Tea or Sparkling Soda
Secretariat Strawberry Slush
• 1 (1-lb) bag frozen strawberries
• 2 1/4 cups lemonade
• 1/4 cup mint leaves
Process strawberries, lemonade and mint leaves in a blender until slushy. Serves 6
Signature Drink of the Kentucky Derby
• 5 mint leaves
• 1/2 oz. simple syrup (or 2 sugar cubes)
• 2 1/2 oz. bourbon
• Garnish: mint sprig
In a Julep cup or rocks glass, lightly muddle the mint leaves in the simple syrup.
Add the bourbon then pack the glass tightly with crushed ice.
Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.
Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome, and garnish with a mint sprig.
Signature Cocktail of the Preakness Stakes
The Black-Eyed Susan has been the official drink of the Preakness since 1973 when Secretariat won here. There are many iterations of the cocktail depending on the liquor sponsors each year. However, there is a Preakness Cocktail first served in 1936 and it’s more to the liking of a whiskey connoisseur.
The Preakness Cocktail
• 2 oz. rye whiskey
• 1 oz. sweet vermouth
• 1/2 tsp Bénédictine
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice until very cold. Strain into chilled cocktail stem. Express and garnish with lemon or orange twist.
The White Carnation
The Traditional Drink of the Belmont Stakes when Secretariat won the Triple Crown
• 2 oz. vodka
• 1/2 oz. peach schnapps
• 2 oz. orange juice
• soda water
• 1 splash of cream
Stir and pour over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
If your preference is for beer, check out one of Center of the Universe Brewing Co. offerings.
Local cuisine suggestions to have with your Triple Crown drinks
• Orphan cheeses/olives and crackers from The Caboose Market
• Blue cheese burger and sweet potato fries from Trackside Grill
• Crab cakes from Homemades by Suzanne
• WonderRoast Chicken from Ashland Meat Company/Cross Brothers
• House-made pimento cheese with green chiles and crostini from Iron Horse Restaurant
• Bourbon-glazed Brisket, Red Velvet Cake and Big Red Mule – featuring Belle Isle Ruby Red Grapefruit Moonshine from Jake’s Place
• Ham sliders from The Henry Clay Inn
• BBQ sandwich from Hanover Tavern