By Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) - Officials say the birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reports Secretariat was born at what is now the Meadow Event Park in Doswell on land owned by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. The Park announced Thursday the designation includes the foaling shed where Secretariat was born on March 30, 1970, his training barn and other sites of interest.

Penny Chenery, who owned and raced Secretariat, says the timing of the designation is perfect as people hope for a Triple Crown winner at the Belmont Stakes June 6.

Chenery was referring to American Pharoah, a great-great-great grandson of Secretariat, who will try to become the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.

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