About Otto Thorwarth
    Otto Thorwarth, the author of the foreword to The Simple Game,
    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.
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