Ron Turcotte rode Secretariat to the Triple Crown in 1973, he's predicting the same for Orb 40 years later.
Monday, at Claiborne Farm in Paris, where Secretariat stood and is buried, Turcotte made his prediction. "I love Orb from the time I saw him run in Florida. I loved the way he matured at the right time. As a 2-year old, ya know, he ran decent races but not great races. He broke his maiden as a 2-year old, but he came back and kept winning, improving from race to race. And this was his best race here (Kentucky Derby) and my opinion, I think he will keep improving and I really believe he's gonig to win the Triple Corwn."
Secretariat not only won the Triple Crown with Turcotte in the saddle, he won all three races in track record time. Turcotte calls him the greatest horse that ever lived and the legend keeps growing. "And he was so generous and he was a gift that kept on giving. And every year it seems to be his achievements seem to be bigger and bigger."
Turcotte's riding career ended in a fall at Belmont Park in 1978, the accident left him a parapeligic. Now nearing the age of 72, Turcotte was at Churhcill Downs Saturday and he plans to be at the next two Triple Crown races.