Longtime Churchill Downs track announcer and current morning line odds maker Mike Battaglia and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races announcer Paul Espinosa Jr. will fill in for Travis Stone on Thursday and Friday, respectively, while Stone gives the commencement speech at his former high school in Schroon Lake, N.Y.
Battaglia, who spent 19 years as Churchill Downs' announcer (1978-96), will step behind the mic for Thursday's eight-race program that kicks off at 5 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Espinoza, 27, began calling at Charles Town, located in West Virginia, full-time in 2016. Previously, the West Virginia University alum was the Sports Director at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Md. The first of nine races Friday kicks off with a first post of 12:45 p.m.
Stone is scheduled to return to the Churchill Downs' microphone Saturday afternoon.
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