Secretariat for Virginia (SECVA) consists of founding members closely associated with Secretariat’s legacy, along with community leaders and others who wish to further recognize the champion’s historic ties to his home state and his importance in Virginia’s sporting history. See list of members here.
Our mission is to support the funding, acquisition and placement in Virginia of the existing bronze Secretariat monument by sculptor Jocelyn Russell in celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of his legendary 1973 Triple Crown victory.
Secretariat, widely considered the greatest racehorse of all time, was born and trained at Meadow Stable in Caroline County, Virginia. The times of his Triple Crown races of 1973 have never been equalled, and ESPN named him one of the top athletes of the 20th century.
Sports writers called him “America’s Super Horse.” Today his descendants dominate racing, including American Pharoah and Justify, the Triple Crown winners of 2015 and 2018.
Monuments of Secretariat exist in Kentucky and New York, and even Canada, but not one stands in his home state. Given the heartfelt pride that Virginians feel for their legendary champion, a monument would represent a fitting celebration of him and of Virginia’s historic horse racing industry.
The monument would also be a sensational tourist and educational attraction that would draw visitors nationwide, especially during the upcoming 50th anniversary of his Triple Crown.
This awe-inspiring bronze, which is 1.5 times life size, shows the powerful Thoroughbred in his full racing stride with jockey Ron Turcotte aboard. Ms. Russell, an internationally renowned sculptor, consulted with veterinarians and the jockey himself to brilliantly capture the horse’s magnificent motion. The monument has been cast and is in the early stages of assembly with a potential completion date of spring 2022. Placing this piece of art would eliminate the need for the lengthy process of commissioning an entirely new monument. Ms. Russell is personally committed to offering Virginia the statue first.
Members of SECVA, as well as Jocelyn Russell, are available to meet with potential donors and to bring this conversation to interested officials and community members statewide, both in person and via online presentations. See contact list here.