08/19/2016 1:15PM

Mirahmadi recovering from surgery; Lederman to call Monmouth races

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Frank Mirahmadi is recovering from colon surgery at a New Jersey hospital.

Monmouth Park track announcer Frank Mirahmadi is recovering from emergency surgery at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. Mirahmadi became ill last weekend and had colon surgery Monday.

Mirahmadi said Friday that he credited Monmouth Park medical director Angelo Chinnici with saving his life.

"I was feeling bad Saturday and went and saw Dr. Chinnici, and he wanted me to go to the hospital then," Mirahmadi said. "But I was fighting him off."

According to Mirahmadi, Chinicci contacted him in the Monmouth announcer's booth Sunday and convinced him to go to the hospital.

"He called me after I had a wrong horse in the fourth race," Mirahmadi said. "He knows I don't do that."

Mirahmadi said his surgery for an obstructed colon lasted five hours.

"I can't explain the pain I was in," Mirahmadi said. "I'm getting better every day. I'm out of bed sitting in a chair. I have been up walking with the physical therapist."

Longtime Mid-Atlantic announcer Larry Lederman will fill in for Mirahmadi during his recovery.

Mirahmadi, a 48-year-old native of Southern California, has been one of the most colorful announcers in the business the past 20 years. Known for his quick wit and impressions, he is in his second year as the Monmouth announcer.

In addition to working for TVG as a racing analyst, Mirahmadi has previously called races at Santa Anita, Los Alamitos, the Northern California Fair circuit, Oaklawn Park, Louisiana Downs, Turf Paradise, and Hialeah Park.

Mirahmadi also has recreated race calls for the movies “Seabiscuit” and “Ruffian.”

Geytta Lyffe More than 1 year ago
Any update on Larry.  I'm glad he is still calling races but have never read of any updates on his condition.  Love his calls and will play a few at Monmouth because of it.
Jerry Mann More than 1 year ago
you are missed,get well Frank.....
Richard Sitongia More than 1 year ago
Get well Frank! wishing you a speedy recovery!!!
Dave Oster More than 1 year ago

ledeman should call the rest of the season,,,,miradi should go back to tvg AND stay there


Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
^^^Class act.....dirtbag
Dave Oster More than 1 year ago

up yours and your boy toy miradi,,,,,,he,s no announcer,,,just a bigmouth with no talent


David More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Frank  Health first, but, please return soon; I had no idea how bad Larry had become
MaryAnnStef More than 1 year ago
Wishing you a speedy recovery!!  Get well soon!!
MaryAnnStef More than 1 year ago
Wishing you a speedy recovery  !!!

Angelo Catalano More than 1 year ago
Best Wishes to a speedy recovery ,Frank M. Take your time and make sure you are 100% before you return. The announcers booth will always be there waiting for you.
cbhorse More than 1 year ago
Hang in there Frank.  Get well soon.
Marilyn Trevino More than 1 year ago
God's speed to a quick recovery Frank!!!  I love listening to your fantastic race calls!!!!