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Frank Mirahmadi to Announce Oaklawn Races

He replaces Terry Wallace, who retired from the announcer's booth after 37 years.

Frank Mirahmadi has been named the new announcer at Oaklawn Park beginning in 2012, the track reported July 14.

Mirahmadi, 43, worked as a back-up in 2011 for regular race caller Terry Wallace, who announced last month that he is retiring after 37 years in the Oaklawn announcer's booth.

Currently the announcer on the Northern California fair circuit, Mirahmadi began his announcing career at Hollywood Park in 1992. He also served as a racing analyst for TVG in recent years. He becomes just the fourth announcer in Oaklawn's 107-year history, according to the track's statement.

“I am very grateful for this incredible opportunity," said Mirahmadi, a Los Angeles native. “Oaklawn is one of the premier tracks in the country with an outstanding reputation for quality racing and large, enthusiastic crowds. It will truly be a privilege to call the stars that emerge from there year after year.”

"Frank really caught our attention for his smooth calls and his ability to generate excitement during a race," said David Longinotti, Oaklawn’s assistant general manager of racing. "He’s a very talented announcer and I think our patrons are really going to like his style.”

Oaklawn opens for a 56-day meet Jan. 13, 2012.