New Track Announcer at Oaklawn Park


When Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs opens for live racing this
weekend ( Jan. 13), fans will be greeted by the sound of a new track announcer
for the first time in more than 37 years. Frank Mirahmadi replaces Terry
Wallace, who was known as the ‘Voice of Oaklawn’ during his time at the park. Mirahmadi
was selected from a large pool of applicants hailing from across the nation and
as far away as Australia. He becomes just the fourth announcer in Oaklawn’s
107-year history.


A veteran track announcer in his home state of California
and having been the track announcer at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.,
for six years, he has called around 10,000 races as a professional. He called
his first race at Hollywood Park in 1992 and was also the Santa Anita Track
Announcer in “Seabiscuit”.


Oaklawn is one of the premier race tracks in the
country. Best known as the home of the Racing Festival of the South and
Arkansas Derby, the track has played host to some of the biggest names
in the sport including champions Smarty Jones, Rachel Alexandra and
Zenyatta. Photo care of 
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