Four Decades Later, Turcotte Reflects on Secretariat’s Triple Crown

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Nearly forty years to the day after Secretariat completed his successful Triple Crown quest with a 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes, former jockey Ron Turcotte remembered his confidence leading into the series.

Turcotte remembers that Big Red nearly didn’t run in the Derby since trainer Lucien Laurin was concerned that his Bold Ruler pedigree would limit his ability to go the distance. Fortunately of course, his propensity for distance seemed to be limitless.

By Belmont week, Turcotte told the New York Post that Secretariat was working even stronger than ever.

“After the last workout leading up to the Belmont, I told Lucien, ‘I think this is the best horse to ever look through a bridle. … If he gets beat, I’ll hang up my tack for good,’” said Turcotte. “That’s how confident I was in him.”

It all seemed like fate once Turcotte arrived at the track on the morning of the Belmont Stakes.

“I ran into Margarita Velasquez, [jockey] Jorge’s wife. She says, ‘I had a dream last night. You and Secretariat won by many, many lengths.’”

And so they did.

Read more at the New York Post

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  • nu-fan

    Very few of us go through life with a “defining” event like Mr. Turcott had. What an event of winning that Triple Crown and in the manner that he and Secretariat managed to accomplish this feat. It must be something for Mr. Turcott to have those memories! The rest of us–who were around in that era–have those memories as well but we were not active participants it them. All we can do is to relive it vicariously. Enjoyed reading this article!

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