For Turcotte, Four Decades Haven’t Dimmed Memory of Triple Crown Ride

by | 06.07.2013 | 11:15am
Secretariat following the 1973 Kentucky Derby

Sunday, June 9, will mark the 40th anniversary of arguably one of the greatest performances in all sport – Secretariat's incredible 31-length romp in the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

Although four decades have passed, for jockey Ron Turcotte, the memories are still as fresh as though they happened yesterday. Both Turcotte and Penny Chenery were recently interviewed by both 60 Minutes Sports and The Atlantic and asked to share their memories of that amazing Triple Crown sweep and the incredible Secretariat.

Read more in The Atlantic

  • Cicada

    Secretariat, the greatest horse. Track records in all 3 TC events.
    Belmont Stakes 2:24 Flat by 31 lengths done easily hand ridden.
    Also won the Man O War and Canadian International on the grass.

  • Ida Lee

    The way Secretariat won the TC will never be seen again. I’m not even sure I’ll get to see another TC winner – Affirmed will be my last. But, no matter what happens with the TC in the future, nothing, but nothing, will compare to Secretariat’s TC run. I too remember it like it was yesterday. Plus that 31 Lengths photo I have on my fireplace mantel signed by Mr. Turcotte is not only a prized possession but reminds me every day of the greatest horse ever to set hoof on a race track and a Belmont that was one of the most exciting days of my life.

  • harry

    I have been involved in horse racing all my life and love this sport so so much. In my opinion Secretariat was and is still today the GREATEST THOROUGHBRED HORSE to ever race in at least my 64 years on this earth. When anybody watches 1973 Belmont Stakes whether you are a fan of horse racing or not familiar with our great sport watching Secretariat drawing away from field around the far turn and increasing that lead with every stride even today gives me cold chill. In the Preakness the move he made around the first turn passing entire field from last to first was breathtaking and continued on to win was so so an unbelievable performance. There will never be another Secretariat ever again!!! I still remember when his picture was on Time magazine which was the first time ever that Time had a animal on their front page as the best of the best in 1973. That was when Time magazine had respect not as it is today. Secretariat defines the meaning of CHAMPION!!! Nobody could ride this horse like Ron Turcott

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