After a worldwide search saw applications submitted from nearly every continent, the management of Santa Anita Park has invited two international race callers to join the audition process later in February.
Starting on Santa Anita Park's opening day, Dec. 26, two well-known track announcers will share race-calling duties while the track begins its global search for a permanent choice as the new voice.
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., is seeking a track announcer to replace Frank Mirahmadi, who has resigned to become one of the announcers at Santa Anita Park in California.
Race caller Trevor Denman, the voice of Santa Anita since 1983, has announced his retirement from the Southern California track. He will not return for the 2015-16 race meet, which begins Dec. 26.
Michael Wrona, the regular track announcer at Golden Gate Fields, is returning to Los Alamitos Race Course to call its two-week summer meet, which begins July 2.
Trevor Denman, the voice of Santa Anita Park since 1983, is on a two-week break and will return for the final weekend of the Arcadia, Calif. track's spring meet June 27.
Monmouth Park Racetrack has announced that Frank Mirahmadi will become its new track announcer when the 2015 racing season kicks off on Saturday, May 9.
Frank Mirahmadi, the popular track announcer at Oaklawn Park and most of the Northern California fair circuit, will serve as the track announcer at the upcoming Los Alamitos fall Thoroughbred meet that opens Friday, Sept. 5.
Trevor Denman, the voice of Santa Anita Park for more than 30 years, will take time off in the month of June to "freshen up" before returning to call the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I) on closing weekend June 28.
TVG and Oaklawn Racing and Gaming announced Jan. 6 that the network will telecast the 57-day Oaklawn Park 2014 race meet beginning January 10, with daily, on-site, live coverage hosted by TVG's Frank Mirahmadi.
Oaklawn Park and KARZ 42 in Little Rock, Ark.,have announced the launch of "Oaklawn Today," a new television program for the 2013 racing season.
Trainer Bob Baffert was released from a Dubai Hospital March 29, three days after suffering a heart attack following his arrival in the United Arab Emirates to manage his horses for the World Cup.
Frank Mirahmadi has been named the new announcer at Oaklawn Park beginning in 2012, the track reported July 14.
Oaklawn Park track announcer Terry Wallace stepped away from the microphone for the fifth race Jan. 28, ending a streak of calling 20,191 consecutive races at the Arkansas track.
Mike Pegram is quick with a joke when his horses win, but the owner said he felt very humbled when the Southern California racing industry turned out to honor him and his wife, Mary Ellen.
Trainer Bob Baffert revealed Saturday that The Thoroughbred Corp.'s early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Kafwain will likely make his next start in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds.
Tony Bentley called his race at the New Orleans track in 1974, and his 27 years is the longest of any announcer in track history.
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