With Gary Seibel taking a week off for a family obligation, Cal Expo is pleased to have Frank Mirahmadi handling the announcing duties on Friday and Saturday.
Mirahmadi, who began his career at Hollywood Park in 1992, just wrapped up another season as the voice of the prestigious Oaklawn Park meeting in Hot Springs, Ark., and will once again be calling the action on the Northern California fair circuit this summer.
He is also well known as a TVG racing analyst, for his appearances in several racing movies and his spot-on impressions of personalities both in and out of racing.
"I started going to harness races at Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos in the (19)80s when I was in high school.” he noted. "We had a blast and I still remember many of the horses.
"My favorite was Courageous Red. He was so talented and very consistent. I always bet on him and was frequently rewarded.”
It may surprise some people that Mirahmadi will actually be calling his first harness race Friday evening.
"I attempted to call one harness race, at a fair in Michigan from the infield in the voice of Marv Albert back in 1999. This will be my debut as I can't really even consider that an official call.
"It's definitely going to be a challenge. My top priority is to never use the words ‘run' or ‘running' in my calls. I'm really looking forward to it and was very happy to get the call from management.” (Cal Expo)