Horse racing legend Turcotte won't attend Derby 140

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by Bethanni Williams

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:47 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)--Churchill Downs is faced with confronting nasty allegations from a racing legend.

Ron Turcotte, the jockey who rode Secretariat to the Triple Crown, says he won't be attending Derby 140 after being snubbed by the track's management.

Turcotte was paralyzed after a riding accident in 1978 and says he couldn't get a handicapped parking spot at Derby 139, and couldn't get in to watch last year’s race.

Churchill's Vice President John Asher responded saying it was a communication breakdown and Asher promised the track will fix it.

Others are reacting to Turcotte's allegations.

2011 Derby winning trainer of Animal Kingdom Graham Motion took to twitter saying "I have held my tongue about the way C-Downs treats horseman in lead up to KY Derby but letter from Ron Turcotte is believable and deplorable."

 

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