Terry's Blog


Another Lukas Spring

January 27, 2013

Lately the fortunes of trainer D. Wayne Lukas have been the subject of a good deal of media coverage. Lukas is a media darling with a short quotable note for every occasion. But he backs it up with success. This is not a first for Lukas, but it seems to trace directly to him becoming a regular on the Oaklawn backstretch. Read More


Racing’s Version of Creeque Alley

January 24, 2013

Many in my generation go back to musical groups like the Mamas and Papas and enjoy recalling their greatest hits. Many of us remembered the lyrics. That’s probably why I got to trying to create a line similar to one of my favorite Mamas and Papas hits, Creeque Alley, when I was on the way home after the Smarty Jones Stakes on Monday. It goes something like “Everyone’s Hearing Facts, ‘cept D-W-L.” Read More


That Fickle Mother Nature Shows Up Again

January 17, 2013

Oaklawn only started racing in January in 1991. Except for two years, 2000-2001, the track has scheduled January racing days each year since. Initially Oaklawn took on January dates as an accommodation to horsemen who were already here, getting ready for the live meet. The horsemen and Oaklawn became partners. The horsemen helped support gaming in this area, to fend off the competition of Tunica, and Oaklawn opened in January. It was a compromise the kind of which never happens in Washington, D.C. Read More


The Times, They are A-Changing

January 09, 2013

It has been a month since I have had the chance to write in this space and so much has happened and so much is about to happen that I have way more to write about than this blog has space. Read More


Horses Being Horses and "Never Give Up"

December 04, 2012

These days, as I walk across the Oaklawn parking lot and look at the racetrack, I am enjoying watching the horses on their morning exercise. There a very few involved in serious workouts. Instead they are jogging and simply enjoying the time out of their stalls. In short, they are horses being horses. In older times horses were customarily given this time off between the Fall and Spring racing seasons. The economics of the sport changed that some time ago and many are kept on their toes for competitions to which they will be shipped from their Oaklawn homes. The Indian summer weather conditions of late November and early December have allowed them the luxury of getting to the track on a daily basis and that has been good for both man and beast in this area. Read More

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