Terry's Blog


Racing Festival Arrives; Here They Come Into the Stretch

April 09, 2011

This will be the 38th edition of the Racing Festival of the South and it occurs to me that the overwhelming great memories of Oaklawn racing for the past four decades can be traced to the dramatic moments of previous Racing Festivals. I've participated in 37 of these Festivals and know that the real drama begins at the quarter pole of the stakes features every day. From that point on the huge crowds are so loud, they easily drowned out anything I might say. But the passion and excitement which we will share here is racing as it is meant to be and something that will pique excitement for next year immediately after the last race on Arkansas Derby Day, next Saturday, April 16. Read More


Remembering Sears Catalogs

April 01, 2011

If you have some age on you, you can remember the Sears Catalog. It was a huge book of dreams--What you might be able to have through Sears stores that wasn't readily available as it is these days in outlets spread around the world. Read More


A Day to Remember

March 30, 2011

Each of us has days which are of particular importance to us. Sometimes they are birthdays or anniversaries. For me the day is March 31. It signifies the birthday of the most moving force of my life and it also happens to be the day I hit a big pick-six at Aqueduct, which enabled me to buy a home in Hot Springs just when I needed one. Yes, this is my most important day. Read More


Storm Fails to Stop Arienza

March 27, 2011

Dan Peitz could understandably have some anxiety when an unexpected storm crashed through Hot Springs late on Sunday afternoon. He had scratched the much-heralded filly, Arienza, on Saturday from the six furlongs Prima Donna Stakes to run in a one mile allowance race on Sunday, to give his filly a race with a distance which seemed to better suit her. He never planned on it being a test of her "off" track ability. Read More


Odd Couple in Limelight

March 23, 2011

Post Script: Arienza was scratched on Saturday to run in a one mile allowance race on Sunday. Peitz feels following the progression of distances will better allow him to get his filly ready for a stakes during the Racing Festival of the South. Dan Peitz qualifies as a "regular guy". He is born and bred in Little Rock, Arkansas, has never had a large stable of horses since he set out on a career as a trainer and pretty much flies under the radar in his profession. Dan has, until last year, spent a large part of his time racing on the NYRA circuit. But a year ago he changed and spends his time primarily in the Midwest, heading to Arlington when he leaves Arkansas. Read More

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