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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