03/22/2010 11:00PM

Wallace to hit 20,000 straight calls


Oaklawn Park's announcer, Terry Wallace, is scheduled to reach a significant milestone as of Thursday's third race, according to track historians. The claiming sprint will be his 20,000th consecutive race call at Oaklawn as he has not missed announcing a single race at the track since he came on board in 1975. Wallace got his start as an announcer in 1968, when he was a substitute for Chic Anderson at Latonia.

During his career, Wallace has called such historic races as Steve Cauthen's "maiden" win at River Downs in 1976, the match race between Who Doctor Who and Explosive Girl at Ak-Sar-Ben in 1988, the Oaklawn Handicap win by Cigar that ranked as ESPN's race of the year in 1994, and the Arkansas Derby win by Smarty Jones in 2004.

"My proudest moment was when Charles Cella included me in the group which went to California in January of 2005 to receive a 2004 Eclipse Award of Merit for Oaklawn Park and the Cella family," Wallace said, referring to the president of Oaklawn.

As for horses, there are a number Wallace said he has enjoyed calling through the years, including Oaklawn favorites Dragset, Boozing, Mooskebear, Chindi, and Chop, Chop Tomahawk.

Simington, Landry sidelined

Jockeys Don Simington and Janaris Landry have both been sidelined by injuries suffered in a three-horse spill last Saturday night at Delta Downs. Simington will be out for four to five weeks with a broken collarbone, said his agent, Ron Ardoin. He will make his return at Louisiana Downs.

Landry, an apprentice, suffered a broken shoulder in the spill, according to his agent, Kee Kee Patin. He said Landry was to have seen a specialist on Wednesday.

The spill was one of two in the first three races at Delta on Saturday, which was the track's closing-night card. Delta canceled its final nine races on the program after meeting with jockeys before the fourth race. No riders were seriously injured Saturday.

"We had a little bit of weather-blowing rain, it got pretty cold, and the riders felt the track conditions weren't to their liking," said Chris Warren, director of racing for Delta. "It wasn't a total consensus, but basically they felt the track wasn't to their liking."

Delta proceeded to call off the balance of the card and will not make up the lost races, Warren said.