Oaklawn Update: Jockey Calvin Borel Returning to the Track and Announcer Terry Wallace Honored

Terry Wallace, announcer at Oaklawn for 37
years before retiring last summer, will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports
Hall of Fame tonight.

or more than half a century, the Arkansas
Sports Hall of Fame has been honoring the state’s greatest athletes, coaches
and teams.

During his tenure, where he called 20,191
consecutive races, Wallace became one of the most recognizable voices in
Arkansas, calling such greats as champions Temperence Hill, Sunny’s Halo,
Victory Gallop, Smarty Jones, and Afleet Alex and Horse of the Years Cigar,
Azeri, Curlin, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. He is known to all horse racing
fans, especially those from the state, for his trademark “Here they come into
the short stretch of the mile run” and “Picking ‘em up and laying ‘em down.”

Those in the Hall with ties to racing
include John Ed Anthony, Calvin Borel, Charles Cella, Pat Day, and Cal Partee

Speaking of Calvin Borel ( who was inducted
into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame last year) , starting tomorrow ( Feb. 4)
the jockey will be riding again at Oaklawn. He started the year riding at
Gulfstream Park in South Florida.

This world-class thoroughbred jockey first
captured the riding title at Oaklawn in 1995. He has been a frequent rider at
the track for almost two decades. He won the Kentucky Derby in 2007 aboard
Street Sense and then finished a close second behind Curlin in the Preakness
Stakes. A month later, Borel became only the sixth jockey in Churchill Downs
history to win six races on a single card. Borel won the Kentucky Derby again
in 2009, this time aboard a 50-1 long shot, Mine That Bird. He had won the
Kentucky Oaks the previous day aboard Rachel Alexandra. Two weeks later, Borel
won the Preakness Stakes aboard Rachel Alexandra, becoming the first jockey to
win the first two legs of the Triple Crown while riding different horses.

On June 4, 2010
Borel became only the second jockey to win 1,000 career races at Churchill
Downs, joining Pat Day, a 1999 inductee into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Borel is one of the most successful jockeys in the history of
the Kentucky Derby, winning the race three out of four years.


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