Announcers from racetracks across the United States, one from Canada, and one future racecaller, will participate in the 2002 All-Star Announcers Day at Arlington Park on Friday, the day before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Arlington Park track announcer John G. Dooley will host All-Star Announcers Day. The track announcers will share the microphone at Arlington Park for 10 races on the eve of the Breeders' Cup.
The track announcers, in alphabetical order with track affiliation, are Mike Battaglia (Turfway Park), Michael Chamberlain (Sam Houston Race Park), Trevor Denman (Santa Anita, Del Mar, Fairplex), John G. Dooley (Arlington Park, Sportsman's Park), Tom Durkin (Belmont Park, Saratoga, Aqueduct), Jonathan Horowitz (a 17-year-old future racecaller), Dave Johnson (Meadowlands), Luke Kruytbosch (Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, Turf Paradise), Dan Loiselle (Woodbine), and Dave Rodman (Pimlico, Laurel Park, Colonial Downs, Timonium)
The 10-race All-Star Announcers Day program begins with a first-race post time of noon Central time. The card includes three stakes races: the $100,000 John Henry Handicap, $100,000 Gilded Time Stakes and the $100,000 Estrapade Handicap.
The following day, Durkin will call all eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races on track and for the live national television audience on NBC-TV.
Dooley will handle announcing chores on the day's three supporting stakes races – the $100,000 Right Here Right Now Safely Kept Handicap, the $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap and the $100,000 Steinlen Handicap.