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Frank Mirahmadi selected as Oaklawn's next announcer
Frank Mirahmadi selected as Oaklawn's next announcer

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – When Oaklawn opens for live racing in January, fans will be greeted by the sound of a new track announcer for the first time in more than 37 years. Frank Mirahmadi, introduced to Oaklawn fans as its official “backup” during the 2011 season, will replace Terry Wallace, who announced last month he was retiring from the announcer’s booth.

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 native of Los Angeles, Calif., Mirahmadi, 43, has worked at major tracks all across the country and currently calls the Northern California fair circuit and occasionally serves as a racing analyst on the Television Games Network (TVG). Well known for his impressions of other announcers and celebrities during race calls, fans may also recognize him as the Santa Anita track announcer in the movie “Seabiscuit.”

“I am very grateful for this incredible opportunity," said Mirahmadi, who called his first race at Hollywood Park in 1992.  “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.”

“It was very gratifying to see so many applicants for the Oaklawn announcer position,” said David Longinotti, Assistant General Manager of Racing. “But, Frank really caught our attention for his smooth calls and his ability to generate excitement during a race. 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 January 13, 2012 and the first horses arrive on the grounds in 90 days.