Ridan_Remembered wrote:Big Ten wrote:Benefactor of having the right horse fall on his lap like Ron Turcotte as a jockey.
What?! Are you serious? Ron was only 37 years old when a racing accident left him paralyzed. But during his career, Ron rode Northern Dancer to his maiden win, Tom Rolfe to win the Preakness, and Riva Ridge to win the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. His Triple Crown aboard Secretariat is legendary. He was the first and only jockey to win five consecutive Triple Crown races until that feat was matched by Victor Espinoza.
Ron's career spanned only 19 years, from his days walking hots for E. P. Taylor to the day of his accident. Yet in that time he had 3,032 career wins, including many stakes. He rode some of the top horses of his day, including Arts and Letters, Crafty Lace, Dahlia, Damascus, Dark Mirage, Fanfreluche, Fort Marcy, Politely, Quadrangle, Shuvee, and Upper Case in addition to the aforementioned Northern Dancer, Tom Rolfe, Riva Ridge and Secretariat. Ron was inducted into multiple Halls of Fame.
That's one heck of a career for someone you think only had the right horse "fall in his lap."
Agreed. Nice summary.