track announcers

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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Colonial Downs Names Jason Beem New Track Announcer

Colonial Downs officials announced that veteran race caller Jason Beem will be the official track announcer for the 2019 Colonial Downs meeting, Aug. 8 – Sept. 7. Beem, who began calling races in 2006, is currently the race caller at Monmouth Park through late June. Beem, raised in Washington state, was the race caller at […]

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Dave Vs. Goliath: Johnson Sues Amazon, Alleges Trademark Infringement

Renowned track announcer Dave Johnson has sued Amazon for trademark infringement, saying the online retail giant has been selling shirts that use his registered trademark phrase – “and down the stretch they come” – without permission. The suit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, named Amazon, Amazon […]

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Jason Beem To Fill In As Monmouth Park Announcer Until Mirahmadi’s Return

Jason Beem, a veteran race caller with more than a decade of experience, will handle Monmouth Park’s announcing duties until the return of Frank Mirahmadi following the conclusion of the Santa Anita meet on June 23, general manager Bill Anderson announced. Beem, a Washington state native who called races at Portland Meadows for 10 years […]

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Terry Wallace, Longtime Voice Of Oaklawn Park, Dies At 74

Terry Wallace, Oaklawn Park’s track announcer for 37 years, has died following a lengthy illness. Wallace, known as “The Voice of Oaklawn” for decades, began calling races at the Hot Springs track in 1975 and called a record 20,191 consecutive races before ending his streak Jan. 28, 2011. He stepped down as announcer following the […]

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The Friday Show: The Short And The Long Of It?

Reports this week suggest the New York Racing Association is considering a significant tweak to next year’s schedule — that being, a longer meet at Saratoga with shorter race weeks. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the idea, plus what to make of the controversial track announcer change […]

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‘Racing!’ Michael Wrona Named Track Announcer At Kentucky Downs

Michael Wrona, one of the world’s preeminent race-callers and the voice of Santa Anita Park, has been named track announcer for Kentucky Downs’ live race meet. Kentucky Downs’ 2019 meet is Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12 over North America’s only European-style turf course. The showcase race meet, which offers the world’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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Tom Harris Takes Over Announcing Duties At Emerald Downs

Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino in Auburn, Wash., has announced Tom Harris as the track’s new full-time announcer. Harris, who begins his duties Sunday, April 22, 2018, becomes only the third announcer in the track’s 21-year history. He succeeds Matt Dinerman, who was announced earlier this week as the new voice of Golden Gate Fields […]

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