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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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Robert Judy Robert Judy wrote on July 19, 2021 at 7:31 pm
Happy Birthday, Ron Turcotte! Wishing you a great 80th year.
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas wrote on July 19, 2021 at 5:55 pm
Hi Ron,

Congratulations on your 80th Birthday Thursday! 80 is one of my goals. You have the distinction of riding Northern Dancer in his first win, a $2100 maiden at Fort Erie. In Northern Dancer's next race, the Vandal Stakes, you rode Ramblin' Man for the win. I hope Mr. Taylor and Mr. Luro weren't too upset! It was good to see you, Penny, Charlie and Kate at the 2013 Secretariat Birthday Celebration. All the best,
Darlene Hobson Darlene Hobson wrote on July 19, 2021 at 4:27 pm
Happy Birthday Ron !!!
I am a huge fan of yours and Secretariat's. Didn't get to see him run. I did see Seattle Slew run in the Preakness from atop of the stables. My father was a jockey. Would love to talk to you personally about him.
You can reach me on FB, Darlene Cornwell Hobson
Mike Gliszinski Mike Gliszinski wrote on July 19, 2021 at 12:10 pm
Dear Ron Turcotte,

Happy 80th Birthday. We appreciate your insights into your journey with Secretariat.

Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973--the year that I got married. Not everyone can say that they were married in the year of a Triple Crown winner.

Both you and Secretariat provided many great memories. The Belmont Stakes WAS one for the ages. He made sure that there would be NO doubt that he would break the Triple Crown drought.

Happy Birthday, Ron!!!!

~~Mike Gliszinski
Kim Rogers, Yukon Canada Kim Rogers, Yukon Canada wrote on July 19, 2021 at 9:26 am
A very Happy 80th birthday to Ron Turcotte. Still a shining star ⭐️ and will be forever! Enjoy your day Ron. From a fan way up north,
Sherri Sherri wrote on July 15, 2021 at 3:02 pm
I was brought up around Standardbred horses but I always followed the Triple Crown races. I remember vividly Secretariat's Belmont Win. At the 1/2 mile mark I said to the people I was watching the race with, "He's going too fast. He'll never sustain this speed the entire race. At the 3/4" mile mark I was on my feet in awe of this incredible animal. I had tears in my eyes as he crossed the finish line. It's a sight I'll NEVER forget. Big Red is the GOAT!
Rick Rick wrote on June 24, 2021 at 4:20 pm
June 26, 2000 is the day and year that 'the Trainer' Lucien Laurin passed away. It's so hard to believe that 21 years have come and gone already! The faithful will never forget!!

RIP Lucien
Gary Pollard Gary Pollard wrote on June 18, 2021 at 8:54 am
I bought many books & the dvd a great horse but a rather "moot" point regarding the preakness time. Trying to put down Canonero as inferior is not waranted & Sham would not have beaten other horses in their Derbies or Preakness runs. 13 main track records at belmont that season tell us what we need to know regarding times. We can see how great a horse was with out using a timer. Every horse was faster than Canonero until they raced him " He was a great horse as was Prove Out. Very nice dvd.
Sue Sue wrote on May 25, 2021 at 3:11 am
I found Secretariat in the same year I was at the lowest point in my young life and he was at the highest point in his.
He's been my inspiration ever since. I still envy Turcotte for actually getting to ride the wind.
Mike Mike wrote on May 2, 2021 at 2:31 pm
I'm from Kentucky originally and my Dad took me to the track often as a kid. That's pretty much how I got to know him as I grew up. In 1973, I had just gotten out of the Army as was working at a Holiday Inn in New Jersey near Monmouth Park during the Triple Crown season and had the awesome opportunity to watch Secretariat win the TC. For the Belmont Stakes we all sat in the bar - guests, employees, staff - and were blown away by his 31 length win. Will never forget it. Years later when my Dad passed, we had "...and they're off" with a thoroughbred chiseled into his grave marker. He woulda loved it.
Rick Rick wrote on April 29, 2021 at 3:43 pm
Barbaro was born on this day in 2003. He would have been 18 years old today. He was taken away from us all way too soon. Happy Birthday Derby Champ!
CAROLE CAROLE wrote on April 23, 2021 at 5:54 pm
Click to enlargeJune 11, 1973 - Stride

Circa: June 11, 1973

Outlet: AP Wirephoto

Caption: ONE LENGTH FROM VICTORY Secretariat shows his long stride just one length from the wire at Belmont Park Saturday where Secretariat and jockey Ron Turcotte won it all -- the Belmont Stakes and the first Triple Crown in 25 years -- in a record time of 2:24 minutes and by 31 lengths.

Hand-signed by jockey Ron Turcotte

The correct date of his Belmont triple crown race was June 9, 1973 and not June 11, 1973. Unless the June 11th represents something other than that race. please correct me if Im wrong.

Admin Reply by: admin
Thank you for your note: June 11 represents the initial publication date for the photo, not the date of the race.
Rick Rick wrote on April 21, 2021 at 3:02 pm
Just last week I was remembering Riva Ridge on his birthday Apr. 13th (1969). A short 16 years and 9 days later Riva passed on this day in 1985.
You'll hear lots of things about Riva Ridge; he saved The Meadow; he was fast and had great stamina; he was both the Derby Champion and the Belmont Champion in 1972; he won a ton of other Stakes races over the years; and on and on. But when Ronnie Turcotte said in an interview a couple of years ago that Riva Ridge was one of his favorite thoroughbred horses ever, that's enough said and a good enough endorsement for me!

Always Run Wild & Free Champ
Rick Rick wrote on April 17, 2021 at 11:04 am
Today I'm remembering 'the groom' for both Secretariat and Riva Ridge, Eddie Sweat. Eddie passed 23 years ago today in 1998. He was very fortunate to spend a lot of time with both of these great thoroughbreds. I believe Emerson Lake and Palmer said it best...'Oh what a lucky man he was'!

RIP Eddie
Victoria Abla Victoria Abla wrote on April 13, 2021 at 11:56 am
I first heard about Secretariat when I was 13. I've loved him ever since. I think what captured the nation and the world was his larger-than-life personality. I mean he has inspired so many people to keep going even when things hard. He kept going, and he proved what a fighter is supposed to be.
Rick Rick wrote on April 13, 2021 at 11:18 am
I really miss storyteller Bill Nack. It seems hard to believe he passed away 3 years ago already. On this date in 2018, it was a very sad day in sports journalism! The reality is that it's impossible to replace a Bill Nack. His experiences and insights concerning Secretariat were unique and personal. We do have his words to read and the Secretariat movie to watch. There is some comfort in that fact.

RIP Bill
Rick Rick wrote on April 13, 2021 at 10:55 am
Happy Birthday to one of my favorite thoroughbred horses, Riva Ridge. Born this day 52 years ago in 1969, Riva won two legs of the 1972 Triple Crown. He was the Kentucky Derby champion and the Belmont Stakes champion that year. I had the privilege of watching the 2 year old Riva Ridge race in person in 1971. He was fun to watch, and he was really fast too! Remembering you on your special day today. Thanks for all the memories Champ!
Tracy McKay Tracy McKay wrote on March 31, 2021 at 2:32 am
Just sitting here late at night after a day contemplating everything Secretariat on this his Birthday. Seems so long ago but the feelings and memories are still as fresh as ever. I came across a Beautiful slideshow in honour of Secretariats Birthday on the Blood-Horse website. I highly recommend it to all who love Big Red it has 111 pictures in a slide format. Enjoy.
Well today is March 30th,2021 and All of you Secretariat fans including myself, you know what that means...Today is the celebrated Birthday 🎂 of the GREATEST THOROUGHBRED RACE HORSE OF ALL TIME, HIS NAME IS SECRETARIAT!!! SECRETARIAT was born on March 30th, 1970 at 12:10 AM...His sire Bold Ruler and his Dam Somethingroyal gave America 🇺🇸 the GREATEST racehorse of ALL TIME BAR NONE!!! Secretariat's jockey Ron Turcotte, his trainer Lucien Laurin, his groom Eddie Sweat, his exercise riders Jim Gaffney and Charlie Davis ALL Stated that SECRETARIAT was & is the GREATEST Thoroughbred race horse of ALL TIME and this still holds True Today!!! SECRETARIAT is the TRUE STANDARD OF THE AMERICAN TRIPLE CROWN!!! No racehorse now or back then was able to compete with or try to match what Big Red had accomplished...Its been over 50 years and SECRETARIAT Still holds the RECORDS FOR ALL 3 TRIPLE CROWN RACES...He still holds the record for the Marlboro Cup race...Seth Hancock said it best, when he said, " I've seen ALOT of good racehorses but NONE LIKE SECRETARIAT!!! I could go on and on but it would take me writing a book to do so...Again To my beloved SECRETARIAT ♥ HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST...Hello to my friends at, Ron Turcotte and John & Kate Tweedy...
Rick Rick wrote on March 29, 2021 at 4:42 pm
Happy Birthday tomorrow (March 30th) to the GOAT! Secretariat was created by God for us all to enjoy. 51 years ago the world had no idea what was coming. Your magnificence blew us all away. Thanks Champ!


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