Saturday, June 6, 2009
Frank Mirahmadi was at Hollywood Park this weekend, where he was doing the on-air interviews for TVG from the paddock. I had the pleasure of hearing his race calls live at a couple of the Northern California racing fairs last summer, and it was a treat to catch up with him today between interviews.
Mirahmadi is well known for calling races in the voice of various celebrities – including Rodney Dangerfield, Marlon Brando and Andy Rooney. He provided the voice of the Santa Anita track announcer in the movie Seabiscuit and the voice of the Monmouth Park announcer in Ruffian. Currently, he calls races for the California Authority of Racing Fairs, in addition to working as a racing analyst on TVG.
Mirahmadi, a native of Los Angeles, called his first race at Hollywood Park on December 24, 1992, closing day of the fall meet, filling in for Trevor Denman who was on vacation. He was subsequently invited back as a guest announcer on closing day of the 1994 and 1995 meets.
In 1996 he was named track announcer at Hialeah Park, where he served until the track closed in 2001. He was track announcer and racing publicity manager at Louisiana Downs from 2000-2005, and has also been a guest announcer at several tracks across the country.
Mirahmadi will be back on the Northern California fair circuit this summer, beginning with the San Joaquin Fair in Stockton on June 18.
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