|About Otto Thorwarth
is a retired professional jockey, who co-stars with Diane Lane
and John Malkovich in Walt Disney Studio’s feature film
Secretariat. Thorwarth plays the role of Ron Turcotte,
Secretariat's go-to jockey. He grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas,
the home of Oaklawn Park Race Track.
He came up under trainer Frank Brothers and after graduating
from high school, Brothers sent him to a farm in Texas. While
there, Thorwarth learned to ride horses by training two-year-old
Thoroughbreds. Following this “apprenticeship,” Thorwarth
started riding professionally at Oaklawn Park in 1991, where he
won his first race on his first mount at thirty-to-one odds!
He rode all across the Midwest and East coast, and eventually
concentrated his career in Kentucky and Ohio, where he
accumulated four riding titles.
After winning nearly fifteen hundred races, he retired from
riding upon landing the role of Ron Turcotte. Bitten by the
acting bug, Thorwarth is currently pursuing a career in acting
and writing. He resides in his home town of Hot Springs,
Arkansas, with his wife of eleven years and their two daughters.