There will be a new voice of racing by the San Francisco Bay Dec. 26, as Golden Gate Fields announced the hiring of Matt Dinerman as track announcer Nov. 17.
Dinerman, 25, has served as track announcer for the past three years at Emerald Downs.
Employed just four summers ago as a press box steward at Del Mar, Dinerman began calling races into a tape recorder at age 20.
"A home run for Golden Gate Fields and California racing," is how Emerald Downs director of media relations Vince Bruun described Dinerman's ascent to the Golden Gate announcer's booth. "Matt was in the stable area every morning talking to horsemen, getting to know the horses, and putting out good stuff on social media—in addition to being a great young talent."
A paddock and handicapping analyst at Golden Gate since late 2016, Dinerman's first job in racing was as a summertime hot walker for trainer John Sadler in 2008.
"I'm very excited to be working at Golden Gate Fields," Dinerman said. "I've met so many great people here, and I look forward to being a part of the community on a year-round basis. Golden Gate is an absolutely gorgeous track, with good horsemen and plenty of talented horses.
"Thank you to The Stronach Group for presenting me with this opportunity and thank you to Emerald Downs for their support over these past three years. I'm so honored to be working out of the same booth that a lot of great announcers have occupied over the years, and I can't wait to start the day after Christmas."
Born and raised in San Diego, Dinerman graduated with a degree in communications from Chapman University in 2015.