RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia property where Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born has been sold at a foreclosure auction for nearly $5.35 million.
The State Fair of Virginia's real estate, including the 360-acre Meadow Event Park site where Secretariat was born in 1970, was bought Tuesday by Mark Lovell of Cordova, Tenn.-based Universal Fairs, said Mark Motley of Motley's Auction & Realty Group.
The site in Doswell, north of Richmond, includes Secretariat's preserved foaling shed and yearling barn.
Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973 and died in 1989.
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State Fair of Virginia Inc. acquired the Meadow Farm property in 2003 for $5.3 million and moved the annual fair from Richmond, where it had been held since 1854. The non-profit defaulted on about $80 million in financing from creditors and was forced to liquidate, casting uncertainty on this year's event.