08/05/2016 1:42PM

Griffin named race-caller at Gulfstream Park West


Chris Griffin, who is calling races on the Northern California fair circuit, has been named the caller for the two-month fall meet that starts Oct. 5 at Gulfstream Park West in north Miami, Fla.

For the last five years, Griffin had served as the master of ceremonies, public address announcer and play-by-play announcer for the Harlem Globetrotters.

"I am blessed to have the opportunity to announce the sport which I grew up on and love," Griffin, an Illinois resident who grew up in California, said in a media release. "My goal is to provide accurate, energetic race calls that please the fans ontrack and those watching at home and at simulcast sites. I would like to thank Gulfstream Park West and The Stronach Group. I'm living my dream, and I hope the fans will hear that in my voice. I can't wait."

Gulfstream West, formerly known as Calder, is in the process of a major overhaul. Pete Aiello calls the other 10 months of the year at Gulfstream, located eight miles east in Hallandale Beach.