Given the robust response by the community to our fundraising efforts, we are confident that the Secretariat monument will be placed permanently in Ashland. The Town of Ashland and Randolph-Macon College have entered into a lease agreement on a location on the R-MC campus next to the railroad tracks. This is a highly visible and accessible location in the heart of historic Ashland where residents and tourists alike can enjoy this magnificent representation of the legendary champion.
The Lexington monument will stay where it is. This is a second monument, #2 of 2. There will only be two monuments of Jocelyn’s “Racing Into History” in existence.
The total cost of the monument is $695,000. This includes foundry costs, transportation, site preparation, landscaping, pedestal and related expenses. Additionally, we are actively seeking support from corporations, grants, in-kind contributions and local donors. These efforts have already generated over $325,000.
Just like the legendary champion, it is of truly heroic proportions at 11.5 feet tall and 21 feet long. This is 1.5 times his natural size. The bronze monument weighs 3,800 pounds.
Financial contributions for the Secretariat monument are being handled by the Ashland Museum, a 501c3 non-profit organization, and are tax-deductible. Go to AshlandMuseum.org to make a donation or pledge, or send checks payable to the Ashland Museum with Secretariat in the memo line. Send checks or pledges to Betsy Hodges, Ashland Museum, PO Box 633, Ashland VA 23005.
Given the robust community response to the Secretariat Racing Into History monument project, The Secretariat For Virginia Committee of the Ashland Museum is very confident that it will raise sufficient funds to place the statue permanently at the chosen site in Ashland, VA. The Ashland Museum, a registered 501c3 organization, is maintaining meticulous records of the donations in a separate account. Should the fundraising fall short of its goal, negating the acquisition of the Secretariat statue, all monies will be refunded to the donors of record.