Michael Wrona To Call New Fall Meet At Grants Pass Downs

Grants Pass Downs has named Michael Wrona, one of the world’s preeminent race callers, as track announcer for its fall race meet. Wrona will call all 14 race days scheduled for Grants Pass Downs’ inaugural commercial race meet, scheduled Sept. 22 through Nov. 4. Known throughout the industry for his signature “Racing!” call, Wrona began calling races […]

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Jason Beem’s Racing Life Has Seen Highs, Lows, And A Twitter Joke That Went Viral

You may know Jason Beem as the part-time announcer at Monmouth Park, or from the recently-ended Colonial Downs meet. Or, you may know him for his weekly racing podcast, broadcast first from BetAmerica and now by TwinSpires. Or possibly you’ve read his debut novel Southbound which he’s currently converting into a movie script. But it’s […]

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After Decade Away, Longtime Racecaller Robin Burns Returns To Presque Isle Booth

Robin Burns has called 75,000 in his career as a track announcer. He’s planning to add a few more to that total this summer, after 10 years off from the sport. Burns is back in the booth at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa. He had a brief stint at the track in 2008 before […]

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Trevor Denman Headed For Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall Of Fame

Iconic horse racing announcer Trevor Denman will become one of two new members of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame when he is inducted at the 27th annual SCSB Awards Luncheon on Jan. 22, 2018, at Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake. The other inductee will be longtime Laker TV commentator Stu Lantz. He and Denman will become […]

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‘In Deep Stretch, It’s Trump!’ Dave Johnson Calls GOP Race For MSNBC

Horse racing and politics share common language and themes, particularly during some of the media’s coverage of presidential campaigns. Now that one of most talked about Republican National Conventions in many years is behind us, MSNBC has brought in one of our sport’s most well-known figures to call it like he sees it — as a horse race, […]

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And They’re Off: Inside The Announcer’s Booth At The Derby

“And they’re off in the Kentucky Derby!” Since 2011, announcer Larry Collmus has been up in the booth at Churchill Downs calling the Kentucky Derby for the NBC broadcast. Animal Kingdom, I’ll Have Another, Orb, California Chrome, and now American Pharoah have all come home victorious to the sound of his racecall. A video on […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Loiselle Has Captured the Moment for Decades

Dan Loiselle was just a teenager when he first started calling races in the Sport of Kings. His backup announcing gig at Woodbine in the late 1960’s led to a lengthy stint as the track’s harness racing announcer and eventually to the job of Thoroughbred racecaller in 1986. It would take a month and a […]

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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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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Michael Wrona, an Aussie in Berkeley

Michael Wrona is the regular race caller for Golden Gate Fields. The Australian native began announcing races at the age of 17 at a remote racing/rodeo weekend meet in the outback of central Australia. He immigrated to the United States with legendary announcer John Tapp in 1990 and took on the job as announcer at […]

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