08/10/2016 1:06PM

Stauffer named track announcer at Oaklawn Park

Benoit & Associates
Track announcer Vic Stauffer

Vic Stauffer has been named the new track announcer for Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. He replaces Pete Aiello, who last month was named the year-round announcer at Gulfstream Park. Stauffer’s appointment was announced Wednesday. Oaklawn opens for racing Jan. 13.

Stauffer, 57, has been the announcer at such tracks as the now-shuttered Hollywood Park, where he worked for 13 years, as well as Gulfstream, Golden Gate Fields, and Hialeah. Stauffer will be the sixth announcer in the 113-year history of Oaklawn.

“Vic was the unanimous choice of the search committee,” David Longinotti, director of racing for Oaklawn, said in a release. “His passion, his accuracy and his clarity make him a rare talent. He is able to describe what is happening on the racetrack in a way that is immediately understandable while still being unique.”

Stauffer launched his race-calling career in 1985 at Garden State Park. High points of his career include calling eight races won by Zenyatta. For his work in the radio broadcasting industry, Stauffer has won two Eclipse Awards.

“The Oaklawn racing program is one of a kind in American racing,” Stauffer said in a release. “There simply is no better racing in the country. I look forward to experiencing the huge crowds that are passionate about seeing the best racehorses in the world.”

Oaklawn’s meet, which will feature a stakes schedule worth a track-record $8.2 million, runs through April 15.

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Dwight Frey 11 months ago
Good choice.
Will LaTulippe More than 1 year ago
Yeah, the best racehorses in the world are not at Saratoga or Longchamp or Sha Tin, they're in the middle of frickin' Arkansas.

I respect Oaklawn's racing program, and I like Vic Stauffer, but you don't have to lie, bro.  You got the job.
Vic Stauffer More than 1 year ago
Here's the truth. In 2015 American Pharoah became the 1st Triple Crown Winner in 37 years. He was the unanimous selection as Horse of the Year. During that Championship season he raced 8 times at 7 different race tracks. The only track he competed at twice was Oaklawn Park. Thanks for the props on getting the job Bro!
william More than 1 year ago
great news.  His calls may be inaccurate, but you can't help but love the guy  

NEBU-CHAD-AND EZZER at Gulfstream and his earthquake calls are 2 of my all time favorites.   
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
David More than 1 year ago
A Great choice.  He's professional and solid, every single race.  He'll probably be taking a pay cut though; he's a better handicapper than a race caller.
Paul Eliot Hughes More than 1 year ago
Great play by Oaklawn Park. I think they just hit the jackpot. I can't wait for the Arkansas Derby called by Vic. 
Steven Jezyk More than 1 year ago
Congratulations Vic. I always thought you were an amazing race caller.Loved
 you at Hollywood Park. 
Chas More than 1 year ago
Why? It was so enjoyable not hearing the 'loud and lousy' Stauffer calling races....so the sound will remain on mute when watching Oaklawn races on tvg.....bad choice, really bad choice...
Robert More than 1 year ago
don't worry about it, Chas, he'll change his mind and decide he wants to be track maintenance guy or something else in his quest to be King Vagabond in the business of vagabonds, horse racing...less than mediocre at everything he has tried in this scummy business, announcer, agent (look what Joel Rosario did after he left this loser), steward and 5 or 10 more jobs I missed....he'll call one meet there, and move on, and be syb par there too...lol.....basically a circus clown ...