05/02/2016 8:22AM

Golden Gate Fields hires Angela Hermann as race-caller

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Angela Hermann

ALBANY, Calif. – Golden Gate Fields announced Sunday that it has hired the first full-time female race-caller in the U.S., Angela Hermann, to replace Michael Wrona, who has been hired as Santa Anita's announcer.

Wrona concluded his 24-year stint with Golden Gate Fields after the final race Sunday.

"It's so hard to put into words what this opportunity means to me," said the 29-year-old Hermann, who worked at Canterbury Park as an usher at age 17 and most recently was Canterbury's racing analyst and substitute announcer. She served as a guest analyst during the Turf Festival at Golden Gate Fields and called several races with Wrona in the booth alongside her.

"There were a number of very experienced and very well-qualified announcers interested in the Golden Gate position, but we felt the time was right to introduce a new voice to our fans,” said Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group, which owns Golden Gate Fields. “Angela has the experience to be that voice."

Hermann will continue to be the analyst for Golden Gate's simulcast programs.