03/18/2015 7:44PM

Turf Paradise hires Horowitz as announcer

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Turf Paradise announced that Jonathan Horowitz is the track’s new race caller as current announcer Michael Chamberlain is moving to Evangeline Downs in Louisiana. Chamberlain has been the voice of the Phoenix track since 2008. He previously was the race caller at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas for 11 years.

“I would like to say a sincere thank you to the management, my co-workers, the horsemen, and all the fans at Turf Paradise,” Chamberlain said. “Six years went by so fast, but I loved every minute of it. Whatever the future may hold, I will always take pride in saying I was the announcer at Turf Paradise. It is a special group of people that work here, and I will miss everyone.”

Horowitz called his first Thoroughbred race at Turf Paradise when he was 14 as a guest announcer in February 2000. As a teenager, he practiced at the track while sitting in the stands.  The track announcer at the time overheard Horowitz, and management decided to let him call a race.

Horowitz continued to practice, and after getting his master’s degree, he went on to call races professionally at Arapahoe Park in Colorado and Zia Park in New Mexico.