10/16/2001 11:00PM

Delta Downs

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VINTON, La. - Chris Kotulak, last seen and heard at Hollywood Park's fall meeting of 2000, has been named the new announcer at Delta Downs. The track, purchased this spring for approximately $110 million by Boyd Gaming, begins a 120 day meeting on Nov. 17 and is very close to have slot machines up and running.

Kotulak, 39 and a native of Omaha, Neb., began his racing career in his home state before moving to Louisiana Downs in 1994. He called races for six seasons at northern Louisiana racetracks before moving to the West Coast.

"It is very satisfying that the management at Delta Downs appreciates my race calling skills and my 20 years of involvement in racing," said Kotulak. "It's going to be fun to work for a track that has so much positive potential just waiting to erupt, and I'm excited to be working once again with the horsemen in Louisiana. I have faith that when the slot machines are up and running, Delta Downs will become a significant factor in racing in the south-central portion of the United States."