Announcer Frank Mirahmadi will be back calling races at Monmouth Park when racing resumes on Friday, with fill-in Jason Beem headed next to Colonial Downs in Virginia before returning to Monmouth again in late September.
Mirahmadi is the full-time announcer at Santa Anita, which wrapped up its meet on Sunday.
Beem handled Monmouth's first 17 days of live racing in Mirahmadi's absence, earning high marks for his work.
“We can't thank Jason enough for the quality, accuracy and professionalism he displayed and look forward to his return in the fall,” said Monmouth Park general manager Bill Anderson.
Beem, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, had never been to Monmouth Park before serving as the fill-in race caller.
“It was wonderful experience. It's such a classic-feeling, old-school track and it has a great fan base,” said Beem. “I got stopped every day walking over to the announcer's booth, with people telling me they know Frank or just wanting to say hi. So it was really great. People were very supportive and I appreciate the opportunity I had to call the big races they had while I was here.”
Beem will move on to the Colonial Downs meet, which runs from Aug. 8 to Sept. 7, before returning to Monmouth Park to fill in again for Mirahmadi in late September. Beem will also work Sundays at Monmouth Park in October as well as the seven all-turf thoroughbred cards at the Meadowlands Racetrack that month.
“I look forward to coming back,” he said.
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