track announcers

Stauffer Resigns As CHRB’s Northern California Safety Steward

Former Hollywood Park track announcer Vic Stauffer resigned from his position at Golden Gate Fields as a safety steward with the California Horse Racing Board last Thursday. The resignation was effective immediately. “I left because I wanted to spend more time with my family,” Stauffer said, “and my desire to re-enter the profession of announcing […]

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Announcer Aiello Comes Full Circle After ‘Dream Year’

When track announcer Peter Aiello settles into his booth Friday for opening day of the 2014-15 Quarter Horse season at Hialeah Park, he’ll be in the same spot he was when this year began. But what happened between the end of the 2013-14 Hialeah Park season and the upcoming December 26 start of the new […]

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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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‘The Usual Suspects’: Familiar Names in Mix for Churchill Announcing Gig

Now that it’s official that Larry Collmus will succeed Tom Durkin as the track announcer for the New York Racing Association, speculation has begun as to who will replace Collmus at Churchill Downs. As Gregory Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal has noted, there are several familiar names currently in the mix, including such talented announcers […]

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Collmus Introduced as New NYRA Track Announcer

The New York Racing Association announced Wednesday that Larry Collmus will be the new voice of NYRA. Collmus will officially take over the job in April, 2015. Collmus succeeds Tom Durkin, who is set to retire Aug. 31 after a successful 43-year broadcasting career. Collmus, who has been the voice of both the Breeders’ Cup and […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: ‘Do You Know Tom Durkin’?

Tom Durkin has called the races for the past 43 years, 24 of them at the New York Racing Association. Durkin studied theatre at St. Norbert College and began announcing at county fairs in Wisconsin. He ultimately worked his way up to announcing at Hialeah Park, called the Breeders’ Cup from its beginning until 2005, […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: The Announcer With 23 Voices

Frank Mirahmadi has worked as an announcer at tracks across the country, including the Northern California fair circuit and Oaklawn Park. Mirahmadi began calling races at Hollywood Park in 1992. He also serves as an occasional racing analyst for TVG, and has appeared in a number of racing films, including ‘Seabiscuit,’ where he was the […]

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Pop Quiz: Vic Stauffer

Vic Stauffer began calling the races at Betfair Hollywood Park in 2001 and has been the track’s voice ever since. His first official announcing job was as back-up announcer at Garden State Park in the mid-1980s. He went on to work at Detroit Race Course, Blue Ribbon Downs, The Woodlands, Ak-Sar-Ben, Hawthorne, the Northern California fairs, Golden Gate Fields, […]

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Fresh Faces: Pete Aiello

This week, the Paulick Report continues a new series interviewing young people in the Thoroughbred industry. Despite the recent economic recession and resulting shrinking of the Thoroughbred industry, some members of Generation Y are choosing to launch careers in racing. Every other weekend, we will ask these young professionals what issues they’re most concerned about, […]

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Visit From Team Coco: O’Brien Calls Race At Santa Anita

In a performance that would have to be categorized as “Not yet ready for prime time,” late night funny man Conan O’Brien left ’em laughing on Friday, as he put his oratorical stamp on Santa Anita’s second race, unwittingly cementing Trevor Denman’s status as Santa Anita’s race caller for generations to come. A former writer […]

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