02/10/2015 3:57PM

Mirahmadi to call races at Monmouth

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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.