09/11/2008 11:00PM

Turf Paradise names new caller


Frank Mirahmadi has been named the new track announcer at Turf Paradise, replacing Luke Kruytbosch, who died in July.

Mirahmadi, 40, is currently the track announcer at several fairs in Northern California, such as Stockton, which is currently racing. His main race-calling jobs have been at Hialeah and Louisiana Downs, where he called six seasons each. Mirahmadi also is an analyst for TVG, and had roles as race-callers in the movies "Seabiscuit" and "Ruffian."

Best known for his spot-on impressions of race-callers Trevor Denman and Harry Henson and sports announcer Marv Albert, Mirahmadi begins at Turf Paradise on the track's opening day, Oct. 3.

Mirahmadi was close friends with Kruytbosch, whom he called a "special person" whose "shoes cannot be filled."

Kruytbosch also was the track announcer at Churchill Downs, which has yet to name a replacement.