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.

F 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 Sr.

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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