03/17/2015 3:55PM

Evangeline Downs hires Chamberlain as announcer


Michael Chamberlain has been named the announcer at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., according to a release issued by the track Tuesday. The meet opens April 8. Evangeline also announced that Corey Veazey has been promoted to racing secretary, while Ramiro Flores has been named track superintendent.

Chamberlain comes to Evangeline from Turf Paradise in Phoenix, where he has called races since 2008. He is a 44-year-old native of New Jersey and holds a degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University. Chamberlain will call both the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meets at Evangeline.

“I think that Evangeline Downs has a tremendous future ahead, and I am looking forward to being an integral part of it,” Chamberlain said in the release. “Louisiana is a great state for horse racing, and I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career there.”

Chamberlain started calling races in 1996 at Phoenix Greyhound Park. He then became the announcer at Sam Houston Race Park in 1997 and remained at the Houston track for 11 years before joining Turf Paradise.

Chamberlain takes over from John McGary, who in November became the announcer at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Ohio.

Veazey, a native of Lafayette, La., has worked at Evangeline for nearly 10 years, starting as a placing judge before becoming assistant racing secretary in 2009. Flores is a native of Guatemala and the brother-in-law of Juan Meza, a track superintendent based in California. Flores has 15 years of experience in racing, working in track maintenance at Del Mar, Pomona, and Golden Gate Fields.

The upcoming meet in Opelousas will be the 50th anniversary season for Evangeline.

Jim Taggart More than 1 year ago
Gee, the article doesn't mention that he was the announcer at State Fair Park in Lincoln NE. Since it is closed now thanks to Tom and Nancy Osborne and gambling with the good life supporters, it makes me ask the question...If an announcer calls races at a non existent race track, did he really call anything???
john More than 1 year ago
I always like Chamberlain's calls at Sam Houston and Turf Paradise. Glad to see him coming to Vangy. It's gonna be a great meet.....Can't wait!!!
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
the most pointless position track announcer
Tim Stevens More than 1 year ago
I would disagree, but anymore, the announcers are getting worse. This guy is just ok at best and there is no "color" to his calls. Good luck living in a city where there is nothing to do. Wonder how long he stays at EVD
Laura More than 1 year ago
and the 'announcer shuffle' continues....can't tell what track it is from just hearing the announcer anymore :(
Rick Floyd More than 1 year ago
So who's going to take over at Turf Paradise?
Tim Stevens More than 1 year ago
The overrated and Chamberlain's friend Jonathon Horowitz, who has a horrible announcing style, voice is bad and the TV presence is shaky at best. I guess I am glad we here in the Mid-Atlantic dont have to worry about watching TuP anytime soon. It's a shame that there are MUCH better callers out there and friends getting friends the jobs is such B/S
Jim Syoen More than 1 year ago
I was hoping Ian Clayton from Jersey was going to get the gig.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can someone ask him if he is going to say Ils Sont Partis when the race starts? I need to know!
David G. More than 1 year ago
Ill Sont Partis