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Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte to sign autographs at the National Museum of Racing on Aug. 5

Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, the regular rider of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, will be signing autographs at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 5.

 

Photo: Bill Mochon (Ron Turcotte at Santa Anita, 1974)

 

Turcotte will be signing special limited-edition prints of him aboard Secretariat exclusive to this signing at the Museum. Autographed prints are $40 for Museum members and $50 for non-members.

 

In a career that spanned from 1961 to 1978, Turcotte won 3,032 races and had purse earnings of more than $28 million. A native of Drummond, New Brunswick, Canada, Turcotte won the 1973 Triple Crown aboard Secretariat, setting a speed record in each of the races: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Turcotte also won the Preakness Stakes in 1966 with Tom Rolfe and the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1972 with Riva Ridge.

 

The winner of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1973, Turcotte became the first jockey since Jimmy Winkfield in 1902 to win back-to-back runnings of the Kentucky Derby. Other major races won by Turcotte included the Kentucky Oaks, Canadian International (2), Suburban Handicap, Beldame Stakes, Diana Handicap (3), Jockey Club Gold Cup, Alabama Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes, Coaching Club American Oaks, Florida Derby, Hopeful Stakes, Manhattan Handicap, Man o’ War Stakes (2), Travers Stakes and Santa Anita Handicap, among others.

 

Some of Turcotte’s other top mounts included Arts and Letters, Damascus, Fort Marcy, Shuvee, Dahlia, Dark Mirage and Lady Pitt. Turcotte was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.