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Warren C. Mehrtens, left, winner of horse racing's Triple Crown with Assault in 1946, hugs jockey Ron Turcotte in the Belmont Park jockey room after Turcotte and Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes and the 1973 Triple Crown, June 9, 1973. (AP Photo/John Rooney) **FILE**

Secretariat’s jockey Ron Turcotte remembers Triple Crown winner who ‘could fly’ on 50th anniversary

- Associated Press

From the tiny village of Drummond, New Brunswick, Ron Turcotte rose to the top of horse racing, riding Secretariat to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1973. Their triumphs ended a 25-year Triple Crown drought. Now 81, Turcotte is the last surviving member of Secretariat's team as he marks the 50th anniversary of their feat with the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.