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Book Title: Secretariat's Meadow: The Land, the Family, the Legend|
The author of the book: Kate Chenery Tweedy
Edition: Dementi Milestone Publishing
Date of issue: December 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9780982701904
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“Secretariat’s Meadow-The Land, The Family, The Legend” is a non-fiction story by Kate Chenery Tweedy that is full of history, family pride, and of course horses. Kate dedicates her book to her mother, Penny Chenery, and grandfather, Christopher Chenery, when she describes the beautiful piece of land, The Meadow, where an empire was built and a legend named Secretariat was born. It is apparent from the book that Kate, the youngest of three, idolized her father. The photos and descriptions make the story a delightful read.
The book begins with a long history of The Meadow in Caroline County, Virginia dating back to the Civil War and provides personal experiences at the farm and track. Christopher Chenery used his successful business background to buy back The Meadow for his family and use this land as a horse farm empire. His goal was to breed a winner of the Kentucky Derby. When his health got bad, his daughter Penny took over the farm and continued in the family tradition. It is refreshing to see how a woman in her day and age proved that she could run this empire and bring it back to a successful business.
While I enjoyed the story, it got off to a slow start and spent most of the time dealing with the background of The Meadow. However, my interest was sparked when the story turned to focus on the birth of Secretariat and described his victories as “America’s Super Horse.” It was by chance on a coin toss that Secretariat would come into the Chenery’s lives. For the true horse fan, this book is a must read to see how bad luck of losing a bet turned into good luck.
In 1973, Secretariat started out as a strong and promising horse and ended up at the top of the record books. He won his first race at Bay Shore Stakes and later became the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby in a record-breaking time, just under two minutes. Secretariat’s record still stands. “When Secretariat passed other horses at top speed, he reminded the other jockeys of the Red Ball Express” (Chenery Tweedy112). The book describes the thrill of the Preakness with Secretariat barely edging out his rival, Sham. However, the best was yet to come. Secretariat wowed his fans by winning the Belmont by 31 lengths in a race record time of 2:24 flat. Kate describes how fans felt about Secretariat and stated as follows: “Decades later, fans remember Secretariat, I believe, because for the 2:24 minutes of the Belmont they experienced the pure joy of seeing a performance that so exceeds rational expectations that they know, deep down, they will never see anything like it again” (Chenery Tweedy 131).
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Read information about the authorLeeanne Meadows Ladin has been writing and riding all her life. She first learned how to ride at the age of seven on her grandparents' farm in southwest Virginia, racing pinto ponies on red clay fields by the Blackwater River with her cousins. When she wasn't riding horses, she was reading about them: Misty of Chincoteague, the Black Stallion, Black Beauty, Blaze, Smoky and many more. Or she was watching them on TV: Trigger, Fury, Champion, Silver and Zorro's Tornado. In 1973, she sat screaming in front of the TV as Secretariat won the Belmont by 31 lengths.
Fulfilling a childhood dream, Leeanne later had her own horse farm, where she enjoyed trail riding with her Tennessee Walking Horses. She started her own business, Free Rein Writing, on the horse farm in 2000.
Leeanne 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.
Today Leeanne lives in a 100-year-old Victorian house in Richmond with her husband Gary, hundreds of books and an office full of Secretariat memorabilia.
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