Film to Mark 40th Anniversary of Secretariat's Triple Crown Campaign

Jockeys are a unique blend of athleticism, keenness and courage. Some may meet with success in their careers, but few ever reach the heights that Ron Turcotte experienced. His story is the subject of the National Film Board of Canada's documentary Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte, which will premiere during Kentucky Derby Week in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's historic Triple Crown campaign.     

This touching film, directed by award-winning filmmaker Phil Comeau and produced by the NFB's Maryse Chapdelaine, follows Turcotte as he returns to the people and places that have marked his storied life. It provides an insider's view of horse racing as well as an intimate glimpse of this resilient and legendary jockey, whose marveled 16-year career ended in 1978 when a fall left him paraplegic.    

The world premiere, presented by the Kentucky Derby Museum and, will be Thursday, May 2, at the Baxter Theatre in Louisville.

The evening will begin with an optional VIP cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., where guests are invited to join Turcotte, Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery and other racing celebrities.

Tickets can be purchased through or by calling (502) 893-7997.     

General admission seating to the film is $50 per ticket.

Special screenings for the film will continue during the Triple Crown season.