Walt Disney Pictures’ tie to the Picture Province – Secretariat

Posted: September 22, 2010

Secretariat MarqueeAs Walt Disney Pictures gets set to release Secretariat - its big contender for the Oscar Race this year – we at Sea and be Scene want to salute the real life thoroughbred race horse jockey that rode the real life  Secretariat to the U.S. Triple Crown and into the record books.

Ron Turcotte was born in Drummond, New Brunswick and won more than 3000 races over the course of his career - but it’s his rides with Secretariat in the 1973 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes that broke a 25 year old record and propelled him into the international spotlight.  It’s that story we’ll see when Secretariat is released to theatres on October 8, 2010.

Ron Turcotte

Ron Turcotte NB rides Secretariat to the Triple Crown

Of course there’s so much more to Mr. Turcott’s credit than just that one outstanding accomplishment. He has received Hall of Fame Inductions to:

  • The National Museum of Racing Hall Of Fame
    The Canadian Racing Hall of Fame
    The Canadian All Sports Hall of Fame
    The New York Sports Hall of Fame
    The Long Island Sports Hall of Fame
    The Hawthorne Racing Hall of Fame
    The New Brunswick sports hall of Fame

He has been awarded The Paul Harris Fellowship Award, The George Wolfe Memorial Award, The Avelino Gomez Memorial Award, The Canadian Sovereign Award, The Big Sport of Turfdom Award and he is a member of the Order of Canada.

Otto Thorwarth in Secretariat

Ex-Jockey Otto Thorwarth as Ron Turcotte in "Secretariat" the movie starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

In the movie Secretariat the role of Ron Turcotte is played by ex-jockey Otto Thorwarth, and truth be told the character is minor in this story of Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery played by Diane Lane.

BUT there’s no disputing that Turcotte’s contributions to the real life story are MAJOR.

Mr. Turcotte we salute you! SABS

Still a Champion for the cause...

Since Turcotte's 1978 career ending fall that left him a paraplegic, he has been an advocate for the disabled, helping raise funds for disability programs including the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF). Ron Turcotte and his family still reside in New Brunswick.

For more information on the real thoroughbred visit www.secretariat.com

For more information on the big screen movie visit www.disney.go.com/disneypictures/secretariat/

1 Comment »

  1. Should be a great movie, And we can be proud that a young man from the Atlantic Provinces was a major part of the story, Thanks for highlighting this feature.

    Comment by Jack Swinimer — September 28, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

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