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Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte

Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte

| 1 h 14 min

This feature-length documentary tells the story of jockey Ron Turcotte, who, along with his legendary horse Secretariat, won the prestigious American Triple Crown in 1973. Follow along as we witness Turcotte’s rise to fame, the fall in 1978 that left him a paraplegic and his emotional journey back to the people and places that marked his life. This is a road movie that delves deep into the thrilling and dangerous world of horseracing, featuring never-before-seen footage of Secretariat and appearances by Triple Crown winners Steve Cauthen and Jean Cruguet.


Credits
  • writer
    Phil Comeau
  • director
    Phil Comeau
  • research
    Claire Bourbonnais
    Phil Comeau
    Sylvia Mezei
    Michèle Houle
  • script consultant
    Michel Coulombe
  • consultant
    Leonard Lusky
  • cinematography
    François Vincelette
  • cinematography - assistance
    Martin Landry
  • sound recording
    Mélanie Gauthier
  • picture editing
    Heidi Haines
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • sound design
    Daniel Toussaint
  • sound editing
    Daniel Toussaint
  • original music
    Claude Fournier
  • original music - assistance
    Jean-Sébastien Fournier
  • additional musician
    Jean-Guy Grenier
  • rights clearances
    Sylvia Mezei
    Michèle Houle
    Claire Bourbonnais
    Phil Comeau
  • computer graphics
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • credits
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • editing technical support
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
    Pierre Dupont
    Myriam Léger-Bélanger
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • mix
    Serge Boivin
  • production stills
    François Vincelette
  • transcription
    Suzanne Beaulieu
  • subtitling
    Michael Lasry
    Paula McKeown
  • marketing
    Jean Saad
    Tammy Peddle
  • marketing assistant
    Geneviève Bérard
  • communications
    Lily Robert
  • legal counsel
    Peter Kallianiotis
  • administration
    Geneviève Duguay
  • production coordinator
    Colette Allain
  • administrative assistant
    Danielle Robichaud
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Claveau
    Jean-François Laprise
  • development producer
    Murielle Rioux-Poirier
  • producer
    Maryse Chapdelaine
  • executive producer
    Jacques Turgeon

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Education

Ages 14 to 18

Media Education - Popular Culture
Physical Education - Safety/Fair Play/Leadership
Social Studies - Social History

In many ways, jockeys play second fiddle to the horses they ride. What are the unspoken emotions in the clip running from 50:30 to 52:00? It is crucial that organizations such as the PDJF exist (32:20) so that injured jockeys can live a more comfortable life. How does Ron Turcotte set an example for others to stay positive, even in the face of great challenges?

Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte
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