02/10/2015 4:57PM

Mirahmadi to call races at Monmouth


Frank Mirahmadi will be the announcer at Monmouth Park when the New Jersey track begins its 2015 season on May 9.

Mirahmadi, 47, replaces Travis Stone, who called the 2014 Monmouth meet but has since been named the announcer at Churchill Downs. Stone has also worked for the New York Racing Association this winter.

Prior to Stone, Larry Collmus called the Monmouth races from 1994 to 2013. Collmus left Monmouth to become the announcer at Churchill Downs, and then last August was named race caller for the New York Racing Association, replacing the now-retired Tom Durkin. Collmus, the current announcer at Gulfstream Park, will begin calling the New York races in April.

Mirahmadi, a native of Los Angeles, has been an announcer for almost 20 years. He has worked at Hialeah Park, Louisiana Downs, Turf Paradise, and for the last nine years, the Northern California fair circuit. He is the current announcer at Oaklawn Park and for Los Alamitos Thoroughbred meets. Mirahmadi also is a racing analyst for TVG.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to call races at such a beautiful racetrack with a storied history as Monmouth,” Mirahmadi said in a release put out by the track.

In addition to being an announcer, Mirahmadi has also done race calls for the movies “Seabiscuit” and “Ruffian.”

“Frank is an exceptional talent,” said Bob Kulina, president of Monmouth Park. “His style and accuracy will be a perfect fit for Monmouth.”

The 58-day Monmouth Park meet is highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2.


Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Frank is way overrated. Tony Calo is way better period. Frank is a known chalk player and you can always tell who he bet, because his calls are so subjective depending on who he bet and/or who the favorite is in the race. Horrible hire if you ask me. What's really funny is when a longshot is about to win a race, ( who several people have bet, but not Frank), he starts screaming and acting like a miracle has just happened. He would never listen to anyone's advice, because he thinks he is good, but if he actually would take some advice, he should NOT wager on the races he is calling. Maybe then, you'd get a better more accurate call of what's going on, without the obvious bad bias towards whomever he thinks is going to win. Even his Rodney Dangerfield call has jumped the shark.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Solid hire !
michael More than 1 year ago
Congrats Frank. A fine pro at calling races. Now at my home track. Wonderful choice. Bring back the Breeder Cup next.
runger99 More than 1 year ago
Is Vic Stauffer retired from race callng? He is/was very good
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
Vic doesn't want to leave California. He works as a steward now.
Joyce and Brad More than 1 year ago
Vic Stauffer brings a lot of enthusiasm, but his race calling is terrible. He constantly loses track of horses names making for long empty pauses in his calls. He's better off doing whatever he is doing now.
Al Antich More than 1 year ago
Excellent choice. Frank will bring excitement to the east coast. I sincerely hope he continues to keep announcing at Oaklawn as well. Way to go Frank.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Good choice. He conveys enthusiasm without shouting (too much, anyway), and is generally accurate. Plus, he seems like a really nice guy, and that should count for something.
turri852 More than 1 year ago
Frank is fun and his calls are on the button. Looking forward to new meet down the jersey shore
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Frank is having a hard time calling ivanfallunovalot. He called him three different names during his last race. This horse has run at oaklawn four times in last year. Rodney dangerfield wouldnt have a problem with it.
Kelsey More than 1 year ago
Frank made the races at Ferndale seem relevant with his call. I think he's in the upper echelon with calling races. Tony Caylo should be considered as a replacement for the needed race calling.
Mel More than 1 year ago
Tony Calo is absolutely the worst. His voice is shrill and irritating and his calls are sophomoric. There is a reason he was run out of California.
Tony More than 1 year ago
Sorry you feel that way.
Tony More than 1 year ago
To say my calls are sophomoric is funny, but to say my voice is shrll that's the best yet. Quite a post, hate and speculate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tony is the best of them all this guy is a fool. He is just not a butt kisser like the rest of these recycled hacks.
Victor More than 1 year ago
Tony was RUN out of California. What a sophomoronic thing to say. Where do people come up with this nonsense? Tony is an excellent caller and an even better person. He learned the correct way. Paid his dues and now is the voice of a very cool place to race and play. Mel you must have something better to do with your time. Like maybe play on the freeway?
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Tracks that Frank Mirahmadi has called at this year,Santa Anita,Los Alamitos,Stockton,Pleasanton ,Fresno,Oaklawn. No Bob Weems or Larry Collmus,i guess they have to hire somebody. Dime A Dozen.