track announcers

Celebrity Guest Announcer Turns Full-Time Race Caller

Keith Nelson returned to Ellis Park to call the races this season after a hiatus that took him back home to Kansas City for several years. Nelson had taken over in 2008 after the sudden death of Ellis announcer Luke Kruytbosch and was asked back for this season when former caller Bill Downes left for […]

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LA Sports Anchor First Woman to Call California Race

A Los Angeles television sports anchor made history Friday when she became the first female to call a horse race in the state of California.  Betfair Hollywood Park invited Kristine Leahy, a broadcaster for CBS 2/KCAL 9, to call Friday’s second race, following a tutorial from track announcer Vic Stauffer. Leahy produced a news piece […]

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Announcer Stauffer Reflects on the Hollywood Life

In the revolving door that was the track announcer’s job at Betfair Hollywood Park, Vic Stauffer entered the building in 2001 and slammed the door behind him. When the iconic Harry Henson retired in 1982 after calling races at the Inglewood track since 1959, numerous track announcers went behind the microphone until Stauffer settled in […]

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Oaklawn Diaries: Track Announcer Frank Mirahmadi

Legendary racecaller Terry Wallace hung his microphone last year after over 20,000 consecutive race calls and a career at Oaklawn Park that began in 1975. Here, Frank Mirahmadi chats with John Scheinman about being the new voice of Oaklawn and the joys of working for an always full race track. For those of you nostalgic […]

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Announcer Larry Collmus to call the Charles Town Classic

Larry Collmus, the voice of the Triple Crown for NBC, will make a special trip to West Virginia next month to provide the call for the $1 million Charles Town Classic.  Regular Charles Town announcer Jeff Cernik will call the first six races on the April 14 card, with Collmus stepping in for the final […]

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Loiselle to mark 25th anniversary as Woodbine racecaller

Dan Loiselle started calling races at Toronto’s Woodbine Race Course July 23, 1986.  Saturday marks his 25th year in the booth. Over the years, Loiselle has developed a colorful linguistic repertoire, as a Daily Racing Form feature points out: “There are the phrases, for which Loiselle has come to be known, such as “picture time” […]

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Mirahmadi named track announcer at Oaklawn Park

Frank Mirahmadi will take over the race-calling duties at Oaklawn Park when the Arkansas track resumes racing next January.  Mirahmadi replaces Terry Wallace, who retired in June after 37 years on the job. Mirahmadi is currently calling races on the Northern California fair circuit but started his career at Hollywood Park in the early 90’s.  […]

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