"Terry's Picks" is an event where Terry Wallace, the former track announcer at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, handicaps or predicts the results of the horse races held at the Oaklawn track. Terry Wallace had been a respected announcer at the Oaklawn racetrack for 37 years before his retirement in 2011.Continue Reading
Called the "Voice of Oaklawn" by horse racing enthusiasts and "Man of the Year" by the Arkansas Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Wallace correctly called over 20,000 consecutive races, and by the time of his retirement had set a record 20,191 correct calls.
Because of Terry Wallace's esteemed reputation and popularity with the racing public, Oaklawn Park published his predictions concerning the next day's race results on its website in a section titled "Terry's Picks." Handicapping a horse race requires a great deal of research, experience and intuition that Wallace was willing to contribute. The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame describes how, "each night, he would work late into the evening handicapping the next day's races."
Although Terry Wallace has long since retired and Oaklawn Park no longer updates the "Terry's Picks" website regularly, the former announcer still occasionally provides his expertise, such as when he appeared on the 2013 television program "Oaklawn Today."Learn more about Contests & Gambling