Trevor Denman, the treasured voice of Santa Anita since 1983, is on a two-week break and will return for the final weekend of the Spring Meet on June 27-28.
Denman is at his Minnesota farm in an effort to get things ship-shape while also recharging his batteries from the lengthy season that began last Dec. 26.
The inimitable Frank Mirahmadi, who filled in admirably for Denman last year, once again will take over behind the mic starting today.
“I'll be back for the Gold Cup weekend,” Denman said before leaving. “As I said last year, it's a matter of taking care of the 40 little cows on the farm, so I've got to go back.”
The farm is located in a dot on the map called Kellogg, 90 miles south of Minneapolis and about 15 miles from Wabasha.
“A house is bad enough,” Denman said. “There's always something wrong with it, but a farm is five times worse. Pipes break, water doesn't flow, things go wrong all the time. I have a farmer who actually owns the cows, so he comes over every now and again, but you've got to be there.”
Denman welcomed the breather after years of maintaining a shorter schedule at Santa Anita, which extended its meet with the absorption of most of the days lost by Hollywood Park with the closing of its venue in December of 2013.
“I'm so used to that easy calendar every year,” Denman said. “It has been a long meet. They just keep coming at you, so the break is good. They always say, 'Can you do it?' Of course you can.
“But you're going to lose a bit of enthusiasm after a while. If you don't, you're not a human being. That battery recharge puts you up to 100 percent again.
“It's great to have Frank here. I've known him for over 20 years. I just feel so comfortable having him as a replacement.”
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