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Secretariat inspired and touched so many of us! He exhibited heart, courage, the will to win, and stood for all things good in our sport. Pure and noble, he remains a hero to new and old fans alike. We welcome you to leave your comments in this public guestbook so we can share your thoughts and memories with other visitors.

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Amy Fizer Amy Fizer wrote on July 23, 2020 at 12:34 pm:
Happy Belated Birthday to my favorite former jockey!!! I had the pleasure of having a conversation with you at the Secretariat Festival on September 17, 2016. You autographed my riding helmet for me. I haven't worn it since and it's in my home office as a constant good memory of that special day.

My late husband and I met Secretariat in 1987 and it was a privilege to meet you 29 years later.

I frequently relive the historic moment in my memory of you charging down the home stretch at the Belmont. I was 16 then. Where do years go??? I often watch that race and YouTube and I still get a staccato heart rythm watching that race. Thank you for your generosity to me at the Secretariat Festival. That is a memory I will treasure the est of my life.

I wish you many happy birthdays in the future.
Connie Wood Connie Wood wrote on July 23, 2020 at 12:24 pm:
HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY, RON!!!!! I am sure you were surrounded by MANY family and friends!!! Also hope this finds you and your family all doing well and staying safe...what a year 2020 has been!!!!! Hopefully, we can see you sometime next year!! Take care, Connie Grant-Wood, Bloomington, IL USA
Cristy Cristy wrote on July 23, 2020 at 11:21 am:
My father operated the the film patrol facilities at Aqueduct in the 1960’s. You were signing autographs a couple of years ago at Santa Anita and I mentioned to my mom that a famous jockey was there, she asked who, I told her your name and she said, “Your dad knew him.” My mom recently found numerous photographs (and old reel films) that were taken at various tracks thru the years, many of the photos signed and what do you know, one with your autograph from July 12, 1965 riding Two Of A Kind was in the mix! My dad is also in the picture which made it especially meaningful to our family. She also had a lighter with your picture but no idea what race it is from. Should you be appearing any where near Arizona/California I would love to bring my mom to see you. She would so enjoy that! Thank you and a very Happy Birthday!
Angela Angela wrote on July 23, 2020 at 9:42 am:
Dear Ron,
Happy Belated Birthday❗️???
I was 11 when Secretariat won the TC. Still a big fan of both of you after all these years! I had the honor of receiving a handwritten note from Mrs. Tweedy on Meadow Stable stationery, as well as a 5x7 photo of you aboard Big Red, and Eddie Sweat leading him?, when I wrote her and asked for a souvenir.
Take care. Best, Angela
Diane Timmons Diane Timmons wrote on July 23, 2020 at 3:14 am:
Happy Birthday Ron! What a Wonderful Legacy You Are & continue to Be. An inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing your life & your stories. They grow fonder every year. Happy Blessed Birthday!
Kaye Stewart Kaye Stewart wrote on July 22, 2020 at 10:40 pm:
Happy Birthday! I hope your day has been amazing! Thank you for all the wonderful stories you've shared with us, your devoted fans. I hope there are many more to come!!
Nancy Drexel Nancy Drexel wrote on July 22, 2020 at 10:27 pm:
Happy Birthday Ron! Wishing you the very best. I stood in line to meet you for the first time in June 2011 (?) at Mohegan Sun in the Poconos (Pennsylvania) with a dozen roses to give you. Hope you got roses again today for your birthday.
Robin Williams Robin Williams wrote on July 22, 2020 at 10:20 pm:
Hi Ron!! I hope you've had an AWESOME Birthday!!!! Thank you so very much for continuing to share you memories of Secretariat!! I treasure them each and every one!!!
M.Y. M.Y. wrote on July 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm:
Hope you're having a wonderful birthday! Thank you so much for sharing information and stories regarding your career and our Red! You are greatly appreciated!
Mary Karlene Cisneros Mary Karlene Cisneros wrote on July 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm:
Happy Birthday Mr.Turcotte you make dirt sweat and tears look good on the horse that God Built! Stop horsing around and have a great day.
Cindy Totten Cindy Totten wrote on July 22, 2020 at 9:03 pm:
Happy Birthday Mr. Turcotte! I hope you have had wonderful day. Thanks for the wonderful memories of Big Red. Looking forward to more of your stories:)
Elaine ward Elaine ward wrote on July 22, 2020 at 8:48 pm:
Mr Turcotte wishing you a wonderful birthday to the greatest jockey Secretariat was truly a gift from god and with you aboard was something so special. Words can hardly express the magic between you and this exceptionally gifted horse. He continues to touch my heart I love and miss him so much. I will be forever grateful for the wonderful memories you have made for all the world. God bless you and stay safe
Lynn M Kirchner Lynn M Kirchner wrote on July 22, 2020 at 8:32 pm:
HBD Ron !!! I was going to be the first female jockey to win the Triple Crown, as I told Penny in the early spring of 73 - she laughed and told me to stick to my studies. I was just a teenage exercise rider at the track. You agreed with her. I looked you straight in the eye and told you if I couldn't do it, that you were going to do it on Red. And the rest is history. I stuck with my studies, and you won the Triple Crown! I went on to own a Son of Secretariat, Secretariat Dancer and in our own world out here in Colorado, I won my Triple Crown. A feat no woman has yet to accomplish officially on the track. Thank you for your sound opinion back then and giving us all a year at the races to remember. With Love and Gratitude xoxo
Michelle Groleau Michelle Groleau wrote on July 22, 2020 at 7:58 pm:
Happy Birthday Ron! My husband and I are big fans of yours and we wish you the very best birthday ever! I was age 9 when you and Secretariat won the Belmont. My Mom was all excited leading up to the race and had me watch it on television in Vermont. All I could think was, "They should have some better horses running against this Secretariat!" Of course I had no idea what I was seeing! He was already racing against the best horses in the world! The memory of watching that race with her is right up there with her having me watch the first man setting foot on the moon. So glad she had me watch! I have seen your races with Secretariat so many times I know the race calls pretty much by heart! A million thanks to you for being such an inspiration to so many! Thanks for Turcotte Tuesday!
Brad Palmer Brad Palmer wrote on July 22, 2020 at 7:43 pm:
My two favorite athletes, Ron and Secretariat! Wishing you a happy of many more birthdays to come! Thanks for making me a fan of you both. You’re the best! Love your “Tuesday’s.”
NICOLE COTE NICOLE COTE wrote on July 22, 2020 at 7:41 pm:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RON! HOPE YOU HAVE GREAT DAY!

FROM YOUR COUSIN: NICOLE COTE 🙂
Robert Bruce Grider Robert Bruce Grider wrote on July 22, 2020 at 6:36 pm:
Happy Birthday Ron! I met you many many years ago with my Dad. My Dad worked for Calumet Farm back in 1945 when Citation was foaled. He worked for them from 1945-1949. He always believed that Citation was the greatest racehorse of all time until he saw Secretariat win the Triple crown. We raise Standardbred racehorses at our farm in Illinois. We have raised some Great World Champion horses here. I thank you for all you do for horse racing. Hope our paths cross one day again . Much Love to you! Robert Bruce Grider
Jacoline Nadel Jacoline Nadel wrote on July 22, 2020 at 6:11 pm:
Happy Birthday Ron Turcotte! You were so blessed to have been associated with such a magnificent animal that had such power and desire to run the way he did., HE seemed almost human. I still watch all the reruns and cry every time. It must have been surreal . Have a glorious day!!
Barbara McIntosh Barbara McIntosh wrote on July 22, 2020 at 5:44 pm:
Hi, Ron! Hoping you have had the best day celebrating another year around the sun!
Thank you for giving us fans the ride of our lifetime! I had the pleasure of going to the farm to see Secretariat in 1976 and having my picture taken standing beside him. It is still one of my best memories, and I know it must have been a wonderful feeling for you riding Secretariat at the Belmont Stakes when he was "moving like a tremendous machine." Happy Birthday & many more!
Cynthia Bonanno Cynthia Bonanno wrote on July 22, 2020 at 5:42 pm:
Dear Mr. Turcotte, it is an honor to wish you a very Happy Birthday! Words at times like these escape me, for I leave eloquence to the pros like Bill Nack. Know this though, you and Big Red have been in my heart for 47 years! Thank you! ps....Maybe Leonard will show you a photo of my Secretariat tattoo one day 🙂

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