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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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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 🙂
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

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