08/23/2013 9:40AM

Canterbury Park: Hermann to become first female to announce complete card

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Canterbury Park race analyst Angela Hermann interviews jockey Lori Keith in the track's winner's circle.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – On Sept. 7 at Canterbury Park, Angela Hermann will do something that no other woman in North America has ever done: announce an entire Thoroughbred race card.

Victoria Shaw is a full time race caller in Australia and Hayley Moore is in training to be England’s first female race caller, but there has ever been a woman in North America that has called an entire day of racing. On July 5, Los Angeles sportscaster Kristine Leahy became the first woman to call a race in California when she guested at Hollywood Park. Local columnist Rachel Blount and local Fox sportscaster Dawn Mitchell each have guest called a race at Canterbury in years past, but Hermann will be the first to take on an entire card as the official track announcer.

Hermann, 27, is Canterbury Park’s paddock analyst. She will take over the microphone from regular announcer Paul Allen, who is the radio voice of the Minnesota Vikings. Allen will be in Detroit for opening weekend of the NFL season opening, which gives Hermann an opportunity to announce Canterbury’s races.

“This was something I was always interested in doing but never thought that it would actually happen,” said Hermann. “Paul and I talked it over and we thought this would be a great opportunity to do something a little different.”

Hermann is not going into the booth unprepared. She has been working with Allen during the meet and has already called more than a dozen individual races at the meet in preparation.

Carolyn Davies More than 1 year ago
I hope she does Well! good for her just relax Angela your fans will be Behind you giving you the support you need and deserve! good luck ruba horseshoe before!
Victor More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the fraternity Angela. If you get nervous, you will. Remind yourself this is exactly where you most want to be and have FUN. Paul is a total pro and wouldn't put you in this spot unless he knew for sure you were ready. You'll be great. Congrats!!
David H. Billsborough More than 1 year ago
Hope you do well Angela, and also hope you take your time. I sometimes have a rough time just keeping up with your analyses! Good luck and congrats.
Sandra Beckner More than 1 year ago
Angela; you go girl!!!
Peter May More than 1 year ago
Angela, Congrats. Keep moving up that ladder :) Pete
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
Being an avid fan of Australian racing, I am familiar with Victoria Shaw and her race calling ability and the soft and gentle voice of a female race caller, which makes it kind of a breath of fresh air--not to mention the fun and exciting that comes with the uniqueness of horse racing. I enjoy listening to Victoria Shaw quite a lot calling the races. Good for Canterbury to allow Angela to call an entire race card instead of just one or two. I applaud Canterbury for doing it and make it fun. Good luck, Angela! You'll do just fine!
Larry Collmus More than 1 year ago
Have fun Angela! Call well!
jackdsplns More than 1 year ago
hopefully she will relax and speak a bit slower my god she speaks faster than parnelli jones drives his corvette.
Carolyn Davies More than 1 year ago
lol yes she does! but glad she can put Canterbury on the Map! Yay! glad it say im a part of this was there!
CBY_Analyst_Ang More than 1 year ago
Thank you everyone! Especially thank you Ted Grevelis & the Daily Racing Form for taking the time to share this with fellow race fans. I am very excited for this opportunity.
horseracefansal More than 1 year ago
good luck angela! i'm sure you're going to do a very great job in calling the races!