Angela Hermann has been named the Golden Gate Fields track announcer for the remainder of the 2016 winter/spring meet. She will be the first full-time female track announcer in the United States.
Hermann has been the guest analyst at Golden Gate on weekends throughout the recently concluded Turf Festival. As part of her visit to the Bay Area track, she called a few races under the watchful eye of Michael Wrona, who will begin his new duties at Santa Anita Park May 5. Hermann previously worked as the racing analyst and substitute announcer at Canterbury Park.
"We are excited to introduce Angela to our Golden Gate fans," said Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group. "As you would expect, there were a number of very experienced and very well qualified announcers interested in the Golden Gate position, but we felt the time was right to bring our fans a new voice. Angela has the experience to be that voice."
"The opportunity is extraordinary," Hermann said. "I am so grateful Golden Gate and The Stronach Group gave me the chance to call races at a place where so many legends in racing have manned the microphone. This new challenge will hopefully inspire many more women to take the same chance. For a job that relies on my words, it's hard to find them to describe the feeling it gives me. I'm very, very excited."
In addition to her announcing duties, Hermann will continue to add her expertise to the Golden Gate simulcast program. She will join the Santa Anita simulcast team when Golden Gate ends its current season June 12.