Being a jockey myself, it was certainly true to my heart and such an amazing experience. Is it true that real jockeys were used for all the racing sequences? His feeling was to capture the way I talk and the way I act, if I was timid or confident. Overall there was a really great feeling being on that horse. You worked with Diane Lane, playing Penny Chenery but did you have a chance to meet the real Penny Chenery and what were your thoughts? I also used to drive horses. A Rogue Snuck In. I just admired her confidence more than anything.
What inspired you and motivated you to become a jockey? Did you give Otto any piece of advice for his role in playing you? Can you talk about your connection with Secretariat? Being a jockey myself, it was certainly true to my heart and such an amazing experience. At Belmont, I let him run faster just to show the people in Maryland that he could break records whenever he wanted to. The Wood was actually two weeks prior. Horse racing fans and horseman are the biggest critics and I have had nothing but compliments from the likes of D. I have to say that The Preakness was probably one of the best races he ran.
Do you think this movie will bring new viewers to the racecourse? When I called good morning, I always had to pat Secretariat first because he would become really jealous. Was it a difficult horse to ride? It goes the same when trainers tell a jockey how to ride a horse. Led by Inez Karlsson, who won thorwzrth race That was a huge relief. Why do his records still stand? Thank thowrarth all for your questions today.
Jockey James Graham may be a native of Ireland but for the last decade he has been a wintertime resident of New Orleans, and it was in that capacity t Can you talk about your connection with Secretariat? So once you compete in races, then qualifying races and then make it to Belmont, it is very difficult for the horse to maintain the same level of endurance and distance throughout.
So yes, I certainly hope and think it will give a boost to the racing industry. Graham Reaches 1, Win Plateau Jockey James Graham may be a native of Ireland but ottto the last decade he has been a wintertime resident of New Orleans, and it mobies in that capacity t I still watch all the big races and still travel throughout the US to watch the Belmont, the Derby… I still to this day go to the races.
He was not a difficult horse to ride, he was very trackable.
Otto Thorwarth and Ronnie Turcotte Talk ‘Secretariat’
There are so many good memories riding him. Sham started to take the lead and come into the inside.
How were you chosen for the part? For those of us who are not familiar with Belmont, how challenging is that track? I got the go ahead. Horse racing, at this time definitely, needs a little lift after the economic downfall.
He was breathing wonderful under me, his heart beating good. You learn how the horse likes to run and his capacity so the jockey knows what to do during any circumstances during the race. Many have come close but to lose it at Belmont.
So back in the day there were maybe 20 jockeys at a track and now you may have anywhere from jockeys at a track. They did an awesome job recreating Churchill Downs in Lafayette, Louisiana.
I would see how Lucien was feeling.
Fat Guys at the Movies | Otto Thorwarth and Ronnie Turcotte Talk ‘Secretariat’
Do you feel the portrayal of horse racing in the film was accurate? In the film, mention is made of a horse that was ridden so hard his heart burst, and after a loss Chenery threatens to fire her jockey. I always got along really great with Mrs. Was Secretariat the same?
They have much more protection. As far as learning, I think I always thought that the duty of the jockey was to teach the horse how to run from the time thorwart is young, not to fear any other horse, go beyond horses and come between horses, relax when I ask him to relax and pick-it-up when I ask him to. Do you see any similarities between horse racing in acting?
Ron Turcotte is pretty much a legend amongst jockeys.
What is your best memory with him? I think they did a really good job.
Secretariat was such a great horse, he was intelligent. Do you think Secretariat would have won the Kentucky Derby if he would have won the Wood the night before? That pleased me, especially when I saw the timer in the infield stopped at flat.