Turcotte: Belmont is an ‘easy race to ride’
Ron Turcotte, jockey of Secretariat, claims the Belmont is an easy race to ride because all you have to do is get your horse to relax, reports the Province.
“What a lot of fans don’t know is this is an easy race to ride. Because it is a long distance of a mile and a half, all the jockey has to do is get his horse to relax early by taking a long hold of the reins and get them to settle down, just as they do galloping in the morning,” said Turcotte.
In his years of watching the race since winning the Triple Crown aboard Secretartiat in 1973, Turcotte has noticed mistakes by many of the jockeys who ride in the race, including the ones going for the Triple Crown. He says they frequently move too soon leaving their horses with too much to do so they are tiring before they get to the wire.
Turcotte says he thinks there will be a Triple Crown winner this year because jockey Mario Gutierrez and I’ll Have Another have confidence in each other.