Terry's Blog


A Truly Happy Thanksgiving

November 20, 2012

There are a number of reasons to be especially happy about this year’s Thanksgiving. As usual, in this location, the basis for this happiness can be traced to action on the racetrack. Read More


At Last

November 14, 2012

For many of us the greatest moments in recent Oaklawn history were created by Zenyatta’s performances here in winning the 2008 and 2010 Apple Blossom Handicaps and, in between, capturing the nation’s attention as, arguably, the greatest American racehorse since Secretariat. Read More



November 06, 2012

In the aftermath of the Breeders’ Cup events of the past weekend, I was left with some of the following thoughts. If you shared any of them, don’t be afraid to respond. The most important thought was that, unlike today, when the issue of the vote for the President of the United States is somewhat in doubt, the issue of Horse-of-the-Year in racing was clearly established with Wise Dan’s emphatic score in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The versatile runner, who has been equally impressive on dirt, turf and synthetic, easily earns that title for owner Morton Fink and trainer Charlie Lopresti. Since Wise Dan is a gelding, he won’t be rushed off to the breeding shed, so hopefully we’ll all get a chance to see him for another year or two. That is somewhat unusual on the modern American racing scene, but something that many of us have hoped for. Read More


Breeders' Cup Is Here

October 29, 2012

Finally Breeders’ Cup is at hand. The biggest two-day event of the year in American racing will take place on Friday and Saturday. This year’s Cup is being staged at Santa Anita, as officials try to again get the best of the weather. Clearly the decision not to hold the event on the east coast this year was omniscient. Those who are stuck in the hurricane which has exploded onto the scene on the east coast, both man and beast, has survival instincts in motion. Out of control fire and water are occasionally the most serious enemies of man. Thus hurricane is truly out of control. So our thoughts are with the horsemen and animals required to face the most brutal face of nature this week. Read More



October 24, 2012

Just a week ago we all knew that the eyes of the sporting public in the British Isles were turned toward Ascot and Frankel’s race in the Champion’s Stakes. The fabulous colt did not disappoint, even though the going was hardly to his liking. Read More

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