Secretariat’s jockey Ron Turcotte claims mistreatment by Churchill Downs

Ron Turcotte poses in front of the statue of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat.

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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:


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