12/11/2015 12:51PM

Aiello lands Oaklawn announcer job


Pete Aiello has been named the new announcer for Oaklawn Park, the Hot Springs, Ark., track which opens Jan. 15. He replaces Frank Mirahmadi, who said on Tuesday he had resigned to call races at Santa Anita. Mirahmadi hopes to land a permanent position at Santa Anita in the wake of Trevor Denman’s retirement from calling races there.

Aiello, 30, comes to Oaklawn from Florida, where he serves as announcer for the Gulfstream Park summer meet and at Gulfstream Park West. Aiello also has called races at Hialeah. Other positions he has held in racing include serving as a director of simulcasting, director of marketing, assistant mutuel manager and assistant racing secretary. Aiello is a Florida native and a 2007 graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program.

“We’ve had our eye on Pete for quite some time,” David Longinotti, director of racing for Oaklawn, said in a release. “We are always tuned in to young talent in our industry and Pete was at the top of our list. We believe he has the brightest future of any track announcer in the nation and couldn’t be happier to welcome him into the Oaklawn family.”

Oaklawn had a large number of applicants for the position, said Longinotti. Aiello said he is looking forward to the opportunity at Oaklawn, where he will be just the fifth announcer in the more than 100-year history of the track.

“I've always heard Hot Springs has some of the best racing fans in the world, and now I get to experience it for myself,” Aiello said. “I'm truly honored to be joining the team and appreciate the entire Oaklawn family for giving me this opportunity." 

Aiello also said he is grateful to Hialeah, which races in the winter, for giving him the opportunity to pursue the position at Oaklawn. Aiello will continue to call races in the summer at Gulfstream and at Gulfstream Park West, according to a spokesperson for Oaklawn.


Eleanor Sniegowski More than 1 year ago
They like their chalk down there pete so if the favorite is making what looks like a winning move hype up the call a tad.good luck.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Why not Santa Anita? Pete could be there 30 plus years like Trevor & Joe Hernandez
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Peter Aiello More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the support Gary!
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
your welcome,good luck.
Steve Wilson More than 1 year ago
I wish the article mentioned your time at River Downs, Pete. Lots of folks wish you were still here. Best of luck and good racing!
Tim Mccaslin More than 1 year ago
welcome to Arkansas Pete. I'm from fort smith . am familiar with your work at hialeah as i am mostly a quarterhorse player ,i do play oaklawn a little at least until the remington q-meet starts in march. i enjoy your work as you are not a stoic style announcer-you let your personality and personel enjoyment of the races come out , i like that. I at times would catch some after the race audio at hialeah that you you may not have been aware of,usually it was from you stating "I can't believe he's 7 to 1". but the funniest occasion had to do with marcus strickland though i don't quite remember what it concerned but it was probably to do with him actually winning a race-probably at huge odds. looking forward to hearing you're calls at oaklawn, maybe you can bring along the this has been world class thoughbred racing from oaklawm to close the race days . GOOD LUCK!