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RON TURCOTTE
Born: July 22, 1941 in Drummond, New Brunswick, Canada
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Ron Turcotte, born on July 22, 1941, in Drummond, New Brunswick, Canada, is a retired Canadian thoroughbred horse racing jockey known for his significant contributions to the sport of horse racing. One of the sport's most celebrated figures, Turcotte is best remembered for riding Secretariat to victory in the 1973 Triple Crown, marking the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years at that time.

Turcotte's initial foray into the world of horse racing began as a hot walker for E.P. Taylor's Windfields Farm in Ontario, Canada. He began his professional jockey career in 1961 at Fort Erie Race Track. Within just a year, he had already earned a reputation as a top jockey, winning the prestigious Saratoga riding title in 1962. In 1972, Turcotte enjoyed his first taste of Triple Crown success, riding Riva Ridge to victory in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. However, it was the following year, 1973, when Turcotte and Secretariat, a horse trained by Lucien Laurin, captivated the world. The pair not only won the Triple Crown but did so in record-setting fashion. Secretariat's Belmont Stakes victory, with a staggering 31-length lead, is widely regarded as one of the greatest performances in horse racing history.

Turcotte's career, although illustrious, was not without challenges. In 1978, a tragic racing accident at Belmont Park left him paralyzed from the waist down. Despite this life-changing accident, Turcotte continued to be an ambassador for the sport he loves, becoming an advocate for disabled jockeys and working towards improving rider safety within the industry.

Over his career, Turcotte won a total of 3,032 races. He was honored with the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1979, recognizing his outstanding contributions to horse racing. In 1980, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in the United States and, in 1980, into Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame. His life and career were the subjects of a documentary, "Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte," which was released in 2013.
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