Arcadia, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2016) – After a world-wide search resulted in nearly three dozen applications from nearly every continent, the management of Santa Anita Park has invited two international race callers to join the audition process later this month to become the permanent track announcer at The Great Race Place.
Craig Evans, 48, the Senior Race Broadcaster for the Singapore Turf Club since 2010, will call at Santa Anita over the weekend of Feb. 20 and Feb. 21.
David Fitzgerald, 31, a Racing UK presenter and commentator since 2010, including the 2014 and 2015 Royal Ascot meetings, will call at Santa Anita over the weekend of Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.
Both will call two full days each and will contend with Michael Wrona and Frank Mirahmadi who have been calling at Santa Anita on a rotational schedule with Golden Gate Fields since the Santa Anita meeting opened on Dec. 26.
“Michael and Frank have both done an excellent job,” said Joe Morris, SVP of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “Even though the feedback for both has been very positive, we owe it to our fans to make sure we have explored every option. The quality of announcer submissions was overwhelming and included many well-known and well-respected announcers currently working at other tracks. We also have heard a few young stars in the making.
“It was very difficult to select these two to audition from the many contenders,” Morris continued, “but both Craig and David bring something unique to their craft, in addition to being well regarded and highly recommended. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the Santa Anita Announcer Booth as we finalize this process.”
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