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Terry Wallace, Longtime Voice Of Oaklawn Park, Dies At 74

Terry Wallace, Oaklawn Park’s track announcer for 37 years, has died following a lengthy illness. Wallace, known as “The Voice of Oaklawn” for decades, began calling races at the Hot Springs track in 1975 and called a record 20,191 consecutive races before ending his streak Jan. 28, 2011. He stepped down as announcer following the […]

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Jockey-Turned-Steward Larry Snyder Passes At Age 76

Retired jockey Larry Snyder, a longtime steward at Oaklawn, died Monday, Oct. 29 after a brave battle with cancer. He was 76. Snyder, whose death comes just days after Oaklawn dedicated its new Winner’s Circle to him, was born June 29, 1942 in Toledo, OH. He enjoyed a 35-year career as a jockey that began […]

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Instant Racing and the Commonwealth of Kentucky

No matter how you measure it, Kentucky is the Thoroughbred capital of the world. Best stallions, highest number of foals, leading producer of stakes winners around the world, biggest sales, most sophisticated veterinary care.  And the entire sports world finds itself fixated on Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May each year for the […]

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Oaklawn Park officials ‘cautiously optimistic’

With an improving economy and overflowing stalls, the officials at Oaklawn Park can’t seem to help but be excited about this year’s season. Or at least cautiously optimistic. “I think we’re cautiously optimistic,” said general manager Eric Jackson. “The economy in this part of the country is starting to look a lot more positive than […]

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INSTANT RACING HELPS OAKLAWN STAY TRUE TO MISSION

By Ray Paulick The old cliché about necessity being the mother of invention helps tell the story of the significant turnaround that Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., has engineered in the last decade. In the mid-1990s, when neighboring states approved casino wagering, Oaklawn lost 40% of its handle. Charles Cella, whose family owns […]

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