Terry Wallace, Former Voice of Oaklawn, Dies


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) – Terry Wallace, the former voice of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs has died.

He had stepped down as track announcer in 2011 after 37 years on the job.

During his tenure, 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.”

Wallace set a record of 20,000 consecutive race calls following the third race on March 25, 2010, and ended his streak after the fourth race on January 28, 2011 with 20,191 calls without a miss. On the day he hit 20,000, Hot Springs Mayor, Mike Bush, declared it “Terry Wallace Day” and he also received congratulatory letters from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and former President Bill Clinton, who grew up on Hot Springs.

In 2011, the acclaims kept coming for Wallace, who was named Arkansas H.B.P.A. “Man of the Year” and during the most recent Arkansas legislative session, a proclamation was written declaring him the official voice of Arkansas.

Wallace had been inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

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