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Birthday Celebration Virtual Kickoff Party - March 26

The Secretariat Birthday Celebration kicks off on Friday, March 26 with a virtual gathering on Zoom where Big Red fans can see old friends and meet new ones. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. EDT, Kate Chenery Tweedy and Leeanne Meadows Ladin will host a get-together that will be highlighted by a Secretariat Julep toast that is sure to taste better when sipped from your own commemorative Birthday Celebration Julep Cup. Other activities planned for the virtual party include a trivia contest and individual breakout rooms with our charming hosts and distinguished guests, including journalist Steve Haskin, Lucien Laurin assistant Steve Jordan, founder Leonard Lusky and perhaps a few other surprises!

Please Note: The virtual Kickoff Julep Party is a free event, but capacity will be limited and space will be filled on a first-come basis. Please register for the party in the link below.

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Secretariat Julep Recipe

This recipe was inscribed on a blue and white stoneware pitcher from Penny Chenery’s home. We adapted it slightly by adding triple sec, an orange-flavored liqueur, as a nod to our birthday boy Secretariat!

Boil down ˝ part sugar and water and muddle with crushed fresh mint to make simple syrup

Place 2 tablespoons of simple syrup in bottom of julep cup (or Derby glass)

Add crushed ice, one-half jigger of triple sec and one jigger or more of fine bourbon (Penny's favorites were Maker's Mark and Woodford Reserve)

If you like more of a spritzer, add a splash of club soda or tonic water.

Garnish with fresh mint leaves and an orange slice and toast Big Red!

Historic note: The presentation of the mint julep was revered as a work of art at the “field day” spring races hosted by Major Thomas Walker Doswell at his Thoroughbred stable in Virginia in the late 1880s. The locality of Doswell is named for his family, who produced some of the most famous racehorses of the day, especially Planet, who won 27 of 31 races. The Doswells were also relatives of Christopher Chenery, who would later found Meadow Stable nearby.

As published in The Doswell Dynasty" by Sarah Wright, this legendary mint julep was "served in sterling silver goblets and imbibed through straws of solid silver. The urn containing the ingredients was topped by a pyramid of crystal snow ice. It was artistically decorated with fruits and flowers such as grapes, sliced peaches, strawberries, roses, carnations and violets." No doubt, it was indeed a concoction of beauty.

Secretariat Birthday Commemorative Julep Cup

Enjoy your Secretariat Birthday Celebration or any racing occasion with a commemorative Secretariat Julep Cup. Each hand-crafted 10 oz. American-made cup is produced in the finest polished pewter with hand-tooled beaded lip and base and appliqued lucky silver horseshoe.

The Secretariat Julep features the distinguished engraving of Secretariat's name and commemorates his March 30, 1970 birth date at the Meadow. Additionally, you can enjoy the personalized option of adding your own name, initials or engraved message. Kentucky bourbon never tasted finer when served in these elegant and timeless cups honoring the birth of a Big Red Legend.

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