Frank Mirahmadi

Frank Mirahmadi

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Mirahmadi to Spell Denman at Santa Anita

Track's race announcer for more than 30 years to take a break June 12-27.

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) June 28, which will highlight the track's closing weekend racing action. 

In his absence, Frank Mirahmadi, who calls races full-time at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., and in the summer at the majority of California's northern fairs, will "pinch hit" for Denman for 10 racing days, June 12-27.

A native of Durban, South Africa, Denman, 61, began his illustrious career at Santa Anita in October 1983, and has since become synonymous with championship racing at the famous track. He will call races at Santa Anita through Belmont Stakes weekend, June 7-8, and will then travel with his wife Robin to their 110-acre farm in Minnesota until returning for closing weekend.

"We have about 40 young calves that have to be attended to," said Denman. "This is something Robin and I have been doing for 17 years now, and we love it, plus the time away really does serve to freshen me up. That said, I'm looking forward to coming back for closing weekend and with Game On Dude pointing for the Gold Cup on June 28, you know it's going to be a heckuva race."

Mirahmadi, 46, a native of Los Angeles, is regarded as one of America's top race callers and possesses a great sense of humor and ability to imitate a large number of celebrities and fellow announcers. He said he  will be fulfilling a lifelong dream beginning June 12.

"Trevor Denman is the greatest announcer of all-time," said Mirahmadi. "Growing up here in L.A., I was so privileged to have been able to hear guys like Harry Henson, Dave Johnson, and Trevor. My career has been inspired by his brilliance and he's been a great help to me in improving my craft. It is the ultimate honor to be selected to fill in for him."

Following closing day of Santa Anita's Spring Meet on June 29, Denman will again be idle until opening day at Del Mar July 17.

"We look forward to Frank coming in while Trevor is away and we think it's going to be a lot of fun," said Santa Anita president Tom Ludt.