Terry's Blog


A Mutual Admiration Society

April 11, 2014

As the days of the live racing meet dwindle down to a precious few, it’s time to say good-byes to many of those with whom we share life during the racing season at Oaklawn. Monday offered a good opportunity when jockeys Terry Thompson and Jenna Joubert combined their efforts with the Arkansas Childrens’ Hospital to present their annual fund raiser/party at the Central Park Fusion Restaurant. Read More


Reward for the Fans

March 20, 2014

There were better than 30,000 on hand at Oaklawn on Saturday, a crowd virtually any other track would have enjoyed hosting, but they really had to wait to race 10 on the eleven-race program to see a race that was worth the price of admission and this year’s Rebel was all of that. Read More


Go To the Head of the Class

January 20, 2014

Developments over this weekend are helping sort out the contenders from the pretenders and are quite helpful for the players at the track. On Saturday night the Eclipse Awards presentation presented no surprises, with D. Wayne Lukas receiving a lifetime achievement award and the now 4-year-old Will Take Charge earning honors as the 3-year-old champion of 2013. Clearly, Will Take Charge was something of a surprise to Oaklawn followers, in spite of the fact that he won two stakes, the Smarty Jones and Rebel. He didn’t contest the Arkansas Derby. The Lukas barn opted for Oxbow in that race and justified that selection when Oxbow went on to win the Preakness. Read More


Do You Believe?

January 14, 2014

A number of questions have popped up, resulting from last weekend’s races and looking ahead at the coming week. First, inside posts aren’t very productive, yes or no? The Landers-Autrey connection will continue on fire through the meet, won’t they? Will the Springboard Handicap at Remington Park play a major role in the outcome of Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes? Read More


They’re in the Gate

January 09, 2014

Weeks of preparation have all come down to these last few hours before live racing starts anew at Oaklawn. Even though there’s nearly a nine-month interval between meets, they seem to come right after another. There’s no question in my mind that the concept of time changes when you’re older. This flight downhill in the latter stages of life seems to go much quicker than the uphill getting to mid-life. Read More

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