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Michael Wrona Named Track Announcer At Arizona Downs

Arizona Downs has landed one of the world’s preeminent race-callers in naming Michael Wrona the announcer when live horse racing returns to the region for the first time in a decade. Arizona Downs will run both thoroughbred and quarter-horse racing May 24 through Labor Day, Sept. 2. “In this year of exploring fresh opportunities, it […]

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‘Sportscasters Charity Derby’ Features Popular Announcers Driving Harness Horses

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host its “2nd Sportscasters Charity Derby” — two harness races to benefit each participating Sportscaster’s selected charitable organizations — on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The “2nd Sportscasters Charity Derby” will consist of ten famous Sportscasters who will each compete in a one-mile harness race driving a racehorse in a jog […]

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Announcer Wrona Ousted; Santa Anita ‘Going In A Different Direction’

Michael Wrona has officially been let go from his race-calling position at Santa Anita Park, according to a note he posted on Twitter on Saturday. Wrona had been employed at the Great Race Place since 2016, beating out three other announcers for the job. Mr. Ritvo has just fired me. I am no longer employed […]

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Burgart To Remain Los Alamitos Announcer Through 2019

Ed Burgart, the voice of Los Alamitos Race Course, will continue as the track announcer for the night racing action here through the end of 2019 calendar year he announced during a live interview on Saturday night’s “The Quarters” show on TVG. “I had a great conversation with Ed Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Retired Announcer Johnson Looks Back On ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Performances

Each year during Belmont Stakes week, former race announcer Dave Johnson throws a party for his friends somewhere in the bar of a high-end restaurant in Manhattan. It just so happens the friends of Dave Johnson are essentially horse racing’s illuminati: turf writers, trainers, Vegas big fish, Jockey Club stalwarts. Johnson knows them all. Johnson […]

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No Foolin’: Collmus Eager To Kick Off New Gig As NYRA Announcer April 1

A new era will begin on April 1 in New York, when Larry Collmus begins calling races as the new track announcer for the New York Racing Association. Collmus was hired last summer to replace Tom Durkin, who decided to retire after 43 years in the business. As Daily Racing Form said, for Collmus the NYRA […]

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Durkin’s Last Call: A Storyteller Who Will Be Missed

When NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin hangs up his microphone on Sunday, it will be the end of an era for many race fans. So much has been written in tribute to the announcer’s 43-year career that Durkin quipped Tuesday he’s considering coming out of retirement, just so he can announce it again. Durkin was […]

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Monmouth Park to Feature Guest Announcers

Announcing prospects Thomas Kearney and John Piassek will visit Monmouth Park next weekend and join track announcer Travis Stone to call a race in the booth. When the worldwide search began for a new Monmouth Park track announcer over the winter, both Kearney and Piassek were submissions. Although the more experienced Stone was chosen to […]

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Mirahmadi to Fill In for ‘Voice of Santa Anita’ Denman for Ten Days in June

Trevor Denman, the Voice of Santa Anita Park for more than 30 years, will take time off in the month of June to “freshen-up” before returning to call the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday, June, 28, which will highlight the track’s closing weekend racing action. In his absence, Frank Mirahmadi, who […]

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Vernon Downs Track Announcer Retires After 50 Year Career

A track announcer who has called the races for more than half a century closed the door on a long career on Friday night. Jim Moran, who has called the races at Vernon Downs for 52 years, called his last race on Friday night and described his work as “a labor of love.” “I’ve got […]

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