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50th Anniversary Of Secretariat’s Triple Crown: New Book Examines Turcotte Jockey Legacy

Fifty years ago, Secretariat, a horse so fast and powerful that many of his records still stand, completed his historic Triple Crown victory. Secretariat's rider was Ron Turcotte, a master of his craft who grew up as one of fourteen children in Drummond, New Brunswick.

Four other Turcottes—Noel, Rudy, Roger and Yves—followed their older brother onto North American racetracks and into the winner's circle. Each Turcotte found outstanding success, collectively winning a staggering 8,251 races for purse earnings just shy of $60 million. The name Turcotte meant one thing in Thoroughbred racing: winning.

But the jockey's life takes a toll. Each brother was in a never-ending battle to maintain his riding weight. Noel, Rudy, and Roger fought the bottle. And then came the losses, the devastating injuries and the heartbreaks. The unlikely triumph of one of horse racing's greatest families was not without tragedy.

Journalist Curtis Stock takes readers on an unforgettable ride through the major players and race days of Thoroughbred racing, as THE TURCOTTES: The Remarkable Story of a Horse Racing Dynasty (Firefly Books, May 2023) draws upon over 30 years of reporting and interviews.

Part biography, part oral history and part creative nonfiction, THE TURCOTTES is a sure bet.

About the Author:

Curtis Stock is a Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee and 11-time Sovereign Award-winning writer for best thoroughbred story of the year. A sportswriter for over 30 years with the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald, Stock has loved horse racing since he was in junior high school, where he would tape the Daily Racing Form into his binders. The marketing and publicity director for Northlands Park Race Track for eight years and a horse owner of several thoroughbreds, Stock is a proud father of two wonderful children, Dallas and Maia, with his wife of 30 years, Barb.

About the Book:

Title: THE TURCOTTES: The Remarkable Story of a Horse Racing Dynasty
Author: Curtis Stock
Publisher: Firefly Books
Publication Date: May 2023
Hardcover / 368 pages / $35.00
ISBN-13: 9780228104247

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