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‘RICH MAROTTA HALL OF FAME PURSE’ SET FOR APRIL 3, SANTA ANITA TO HONOR ACCLAIMED BROADCASTER
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2011)—Santa Anita will honor one of the Southland’s most highly respected broadcasters and a recent inductee into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame with the “Rich Marotta Hall of Fame Purse” on Sunday, April 3.
Marotta, who is a regular contributor on radio station KFI’s top rated Bill Handel Show, which airs weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., is a legendary figure in the world of boxing and calls boxing on Fox Sports Net television.
Marotta will further enhance his Hall of Fame resume this summer, when he is inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame on June 25.
An iconic broadcast figure in Los Angeles, Marotta has worked as a color analyst for the Los Angeles Kings, alongside Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Miller. He was an 11-year color analyst on Los Angeles/Oakland Raider radio broadcasts, working with the late Bill King, and he was also a color analyst alongside Ralph Lawler on L.A. Clippers broadcasts.
A 10-year host of “Neutral Corner” on radio, Marotta is currently hosting the “Top Rank Live” boxing series on Fox Sports Net.
A virtual lifelong racing fan, Marotta, like many others, sees many parallels between boxing and the Sport of Kings.
“I’ve been coming to Santa Anita for a long time, and as in boxing, I like the rivalries,” he said. “I came here to see Spectacular Bid run against Flying Paster, to see Ferdinand against Alysheba, and to see Zenyatta run against the boys.
“Perhaps my affinity for the smaller guys in boxing extends to jockeys in horse racing. In both cases, athletes are stretched to the limit by their sacrifice to make weight. In addition, I consider jockeys among the strongest and most under-appreciated athletes in sports.”
Marotta will be recognized in a winner’s circle ceremony following the race named in his honor.