Secretariat’s jockey Ron Turcotte claims mistreatment by Churchill Downs
Ron Turcotte, who guided the legendary Secretariat to victory in the 1973 Kentucky Derby en route to the Triple Crown, blasted Churchill Downs racetrack for mistreatment on a website post.
Turcotte was paralyzed in a race-riding accident in 1978 at Belmont Park which left him a parapalegic.
In the post, Turcotte claims the track would not make handicap parking available to him on Derby days. In fact, he states that a film company he was working with had to pay $500 to get him a parking spot, the New York Daily News reported.
Turcotte’s entire post is below:
Churchill Downs spokesman official apologizes for treatment toward Ron Turcotte and Rick Porter. Lack of communication @ChurchillDowns
— Jerry Bossert (@JBossertNYDN) April 30, 2014