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Wrona Named Full-Time Track Announcer For Los Alamitos

Michael Wrona, one of the world’s top race-callers, has been named the full-time track announcer at Los Alamitos Race Course starting with the opening night of the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred season on Friday, December 27, 2019. Wrona will follow the longtime voice of Los Alamitos Ed Burgart, who is retiring from the announcer’s booth […]

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Frank Mirahmadi Returns To Monmouth Announcer’s Booth Friday

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 […]

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Bill Downes To Call Arlington Race In Honor Of His Father

The familiar voice of John G. Dooley will be replaced on Sunday at Arlington as veteran Indiana Grand announcer Bill Downes takes the booth for the sixth race on the card. The race is named in honor of his father, William Downes III. William Downes III didn’t grow up in racing, and was never introduced […]

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‘Right Down The Gullet’: Announcer Swallows Moth During Mountaineer Race Call

Track announcer Peter Berry had an unusual challenge during Wednesday evening’s races at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. Just as the starting gates opened for the first race, Berry’s race call was interrupted by an errant moth. .ICYMI ⁦@peterberry57⁩ swallows a Moth before the Tuesday opener ⁦⁦@mtrgaming⁩ #LighterSideTVG pic.twitter.com/EBNNrxhdEK — Blaise Bollmann (@TVGs_Blaise) December 13, […]

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Across The Board With Andy Serling: Frank Mirahmadi

Frank Mirahmadi, who is in the midst of his first season as backup track announcer at Aqueduct, is this week’s guest on Across the Board with Andy Serling, now available for download. Mirahmadi joined Serling on the evening of March 9 to discuss his career in the industry, from his start as a childhood fan to becoming a […]

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Colorful Race Caller Mirahmadi Grateful For His ‘Bonus Time’

Frank Mirahmadi first drew national media attention when he got the job calling races at Oaklawn Park in 2012. The enigmatic man with a penchant for frighteningly accurate impersonations was a big hit with the locals, an enthusiastic bunch of racing fans. When Mirahmadi turned away from them in 2015 to try for his “dream […]

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Battaglia To Be Inducted Into Kentucky Athletic Hall Of Fame

Kosair Charities and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame are proud to announce that Mike Battaglia is among a class of eight that will be inducted as the Class of 2017 into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and sports figures who were born in, or played […]

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Updated: Listen To Kenny Mayne’s Race Call At Santa Anita

Kenny Mayne, the iconic figure from ESPN’s SportsCenter, provided an entertaining call of the fifth race on Sunday at Santa Anita. While Mayne stuck to some of racecalling’s storied traditions, his opening line “And they’ve left the machine” was not among them. The long-time racing fan did manage to name off the leading horses correctly, […]

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Salute To Dan Loiselle: A Tough Act To Follow

There’s only about a month left. Fourteen racing dates to be exact to hear that full-bodied flavor of a voice, the voice of Woodbine, Dan Loiselle, before he retires after 48 years of working for the Ontario Jockey Club/Woodbine Entertainment Group. Fourteen dates before he puts away that time-worn thesaurus and his miraculous binoculars and […]

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Ehalt: Imbriale Steps Into NYRA Spotlight After Durkin’s Departure

In a column for ESPN, Bob Ehalt compares the current situation regarding the changing of the guard in the New York announcing booth to legendary shortstop Derek Jeter’s retirement. “If there’s anyone in the New York City area who can relate to the pressures facing the next shortstop for the New York Yankees, it would […]

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