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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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Lisa Subia Lisa Subia wrote on July 22, 2020 at 5:33 pm:
Thanks for all the great memories. I'm grateful I was alive to see him run. I couldn't even say his name for decades without tearing up. Still the same actually. I'm so happy to be able to finally thank you for making my life better because of your hard work. I will never forget you or the big red horse that changed the world. Happy Birthday Ron!
Patricia Shockey Patricia Shockey wrote on July 22, 2020 at 5:20 pm:
Happy Happy Birthday ?? to you. I still remember watching Secretariat & you riding for the Derby and not realizing how GREAT this horse was until after he won the Triple Crown convincingly..and how you both would become historical legends for we the people. I loved Secretariat and consider him the greatest thoroughbred race horse. Much love&continued appreciation to you..for all you've done & for all time!?
Marianne Malczewski Marianne Malczewski wrote on July 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm:
Wishing Ron Turcotte a very happy birthday! You truly are an amazing man/jockey in my eyes! ??????
barb altman barb altman wrote on July 22, 2020 at 3:44 pm:
Happy, happy Birthday Ronnie!! Have a MOST fabulous day filled with lots of love, laughter, & sweet, sweet memories!! You & the BIG RED horse gave me absolutely wonderful memories, which I still cherish. You will forever be in my heart & prayers!! Happy Birthday!???
Nancy Crowe Nancy Crowe wrote on July 22, 2020 at 3:23 pm:
Happy Birthday Ron! Thank you for giving us all the wonderful memories!
Shirley Green Shirley Green wrote on July 22, 2020 at 3:13 pm:
Dear Ron, I do hope you have a fine birthday, with some safe celebrating! What a lucky man you are to have shared the life of Secretariat and so entered racing history. Who will ever forget that photo of you, looking back at the rest of the horses, at the end of the Belmont!
CHRISTIANA HALLER CHRISTIANA HALLER wrote on July 22, 2020 at 2:37 pm:
Happy Birthday, Mr. Turcotte! You are truly an amazing Catholic role model from what I have read about you. I was born the year after Secretariat won that triple crown, but I have watched and re-watched those races time and time again. I still get teary eyes or chills when I watch. I truly admire you, and love that beautiful big Red!
My children, I have 8, are also big fans, and wish you the happiest birthday ever! Happy Birthday with love, The Haller family
Nancy Springle Nancy Springle wrote on July 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm:
Happy Birthday Mr Turcotte !!
You and Secretariat were so blessed to have each other. You both were excellent in all ways and to bring horse racing to such a high level.
The records that were set and still stand today are unbelievable.
I only wish I could have watched you both in person in a race but even watching it today on film gives me happiness.
I met you 10 years ago at Monmouth Park in NJ during an autograph session and it remains a highlight I won’t ever forget.
You were so kind and gracious.
With all of my best wishes to you on your special day.
Carol Mitchell Carol Mitchell wrote on July 22, 2020 at 2:10 pm:
I watched a movie called Secretariat and ever since I have followed everything on him. What a wonderful horse and you what a love between you and him. Penny Chenery was gifted with a horse only God could have created. We all loved him so much and so thankful God gave him such a loving faithful jockey as you. I am sure you miss him so much and can never be replaced in your heart or ours either. Happy birthday Ron.May God always keep you safe!
Joan Capanna Joan Capanna wrote on July 22, 2020 at 1:50 pm:
Happy Birthday Mr. Turcotte ! What THRILLS you gave us every time you got on Big Red ! Thank you for giving us so much pleasure and fun ! Hope you have a wonderful day !
Cynthia Holt Cynthia Holt wrote on July 22, 2020 at 1:46 pm:
How do you thank someone for giving you the memory of a lifetime? You are an asset to racing, and a credit to the splendid horse which you guided through so many great races. You are the keeper of the flame, and the bearer of Big Red's legacy. We love you! Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Ron!
Rick Rick wrote on July 22, 2020 at 1:27 pm:
Happy Birthday Ron. 79 years young, I know that's how you feel about it.
I only saw you ride once in person, but it was a big thrill for me. It was in 1971 and you rode 2 year old Riva Ridge to victory in the Garden State Stakes at Garden State Racetrack in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. I will never forget being at the track that day and seeing you and Riva cross that finish line first.
The next year you rode Secretariat to victory in the same race, but I was off to college and I missed that opportunity.
You have given so many thrills and so many memories to people over the years. Your legend just continues to grow!
Have a wonderful day.
Nicole Windsor Nicole Windsor wrote on July 22, 2020 at 1:25 pm:
Happy Happy Birthday Mr. Ron! I wish you nothing but God's blessings, health and peace on this special day - your birthday! Have a super duper day!
Nancy Worrell Nancy Worrell wrote on July 22, 2020 at 1:10 pm:
I was 12 when I first discovered Secretariat. My dad gave me his Sports Illustrated that had a pic of him as Horse of the Year in 1972. I thought he was a Quarter Horse at first glance at his big behind. He looked nothing like my QH. You're so BLESSED to have ridden the GREATEST horse the Lord ever created. Happy BIRTHDAY, Mr. Turcotte.
EUGENE BICKLEY EUGENE BICKLEY wrote on July 22, 2020 at 12:16 pm:
SECRETARIAT WAS THE BEST HORSE THAT LIVED OR WILL EVER LIVE. HE COULD NOT HAVE HAD A BETTER RIDER THAN YOU.
MY BEST FRIEND DAVID WON THE BID TO TALK TO YOU AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEND HIM A FEW QUESTIONS TO ASK YOU.
YOU ARE ONE OF THE TOP 5 JOCKEYS THAT EVER RODE AND I'M 70 AND HAVE FOLLOWED RACING FOR OVER 50 YEARS.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A LEGEND JOCKEY AND HORSE
Brenda J Schmidt Brenda J Schmidt wrote on July 22, 2020 at 12:11 pm:
Met you a few times. I'm still envious that you rode this amazing horse. I sadly sold his great granddaughter Double Miss Ruler, she is now in Montana on a working ranch and I must say doing wonderful. Just proves Secretariat offspring can do it all. I sure miss her.
Wishing you a wonderful birthday may you be blessed with many more.
Dan and Cynthia Dan and Cynthia wrote on July 22, 2020 at 11:59 am:
Happy Birthday Mr Turcotte! We wanted to extend our appreciation to you for your continued contributions to the memory of the greatest horse that ever graced this earth. We have an autographed photo of you riding Secretariat hanging on our wall, and love to share the incredible come-from-behind story with others. I am so thankful that you continue to share your story and your life with others. Enjoy your special day, and may our Good Lord bless you always!
Teri Shelton Teri Shelton wrote on July 22, 2020 at 11:54 am:
Happy Birthday Ron! Can never thank you enough for the wealth of information and personal experiences that you continue to share with us, the many fans of you and Secretariat.
Dr. Robert Smale Dr. Robert Smale wrote on July 22, 2020 at 11:47 am:
Mr. Ron Turcotte
Just want to wish you a very Happy 79th Birthday. I’ve had the pleasure to meet and chat with you a few times at Woodbine. Here’s to many more years. Hope this is a very special day for you. Thanks for all the wonderful racing memories, especially with Secretariat and Riva Ridge.
Ken and Holly Grayson Ken and Holly Grayson wrote on July 22, 2020 at 11:26 am:
Happy Birthday Pal-Hope thing are going well for You and Gae!

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