New lane announcer for Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs

March 27, 2017 - garden totes

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) – Oaklawn Park’s new lane announcer, Vic Stauffer, pronounced Monday that operative during Hot Springs’ famous racetrack is “an implausible honor” since “you are truly in a large leagues here.”

Stauffer, who joked he was using late Monday to pronounce to Oaklawn Rotary Club during The Hotel Hot Springs Spa since he was pushing behind to city after being asked to arbitrate Sunday’s Arkansas vs. North Carolina basketball diversion on a coax of a moment, talked about his career and life in a offseason.

Stauffer began his career during Oaklawn Park on Jan. 13 this year though is no foreigner to a universe of equine racing. Since commencement his announcing career in 1985 as a backup announcer during Garden State Park in New Jersey, he has called races during Gulfstream Park, Hialeah Park, Hawthorne Race Course, and spent 13 years during Hollywood Park in California. He has also warranted dual Eclipse Awards for radio and broadcast, The Sentinel-Record ( ) reported.

At 14 years old, Stauffer pronounced he knew he would be concerned in equine racing in some form, call him to finish his preparation in a eighth grade.

“But usually since I’m usually eighth-grade prepared doesn’t meant we can’t kick we all in ‘Jeopardy,’” he said, lightheartedly. “I usually knew where we was going to be. The reason we contend that is since it’s so impossibly critical to know when we are blessed, to have a present that we was given of meaningful what we were going to do for a rest of your life when we were 15 years old. That unequivocally was a present from God, to be means to have that instruction during such an early age.”

When Hollywood Park sealed in 2013 after 75 years in business, Stauffer pronounced his “heart was broken,” as that sold racetrack was a initial one he and his grandfather had visited together when he was usually 8 years old.

Stauffer removed what competence have been a scariest impulse in his racing career: announcing a competition during Hollywood Park during a 4.9-magnitude earthquake. “I suspicion we was finished,” he said.

“When they sealed during Hollywood Park we suspicion we competence never get to call another race,” he said. “Until Oaklawn Park called, and that’s usually like creation a transition from Yankee Stadium to Dodger Stadium since we are truly in a large leagues here.

“It has been one of a good metamorphoses of my life to hear a stories (of Oaklawn Park) and afterwards find out that they’re true. To hear a stories about how we can’t go into a bar or grill or (JCPenny) or collect adult your dry cleaning within a 40-mile radius of this racetrack and this city and people aren’t articulate about equine racing. You can’t go into any place in this whole city and not see a grin and a ‘good morning’ and a ‘welcome’ and a ‘thank we for being here’ and all of that,” Stauffer said.

He combined that while he is a stream Oaklawn announcer, he will never truly be a voice of Oaklawn “because that will always be a good Terry Wallace, who was there for 37 years.”

During a off season, Stauffer is owners and boss of a Pittsburg Diamonds, an eccentric joining ball group in Pittsburg, Calif.

“I’m a man that gets a postgame dishes ready, a man that creates certain a referee gets to a game. We are perplexing to boost a assemblage this year from 175 people a diversion to 350. It positively is a labor of love,” he said.

“What an implausible respect it’s been to see these horses, to see a fans, to feel a fans. (The fans) weren’t here on Saturday (for a Rebel Stakes) since we gave divided a receptacle bag, they weren’t here since it was a special two-for-one lunch or anything; they were here to see a best racehorses in a world,” Stauffer said. “One of a things that I’ve always taken honour of in my competition job is that if we can communicate what I’m feeling and what I’m saying by a competition call, afterwards I’ve done a good competition call.

“But, when we can pull on a appetite that we feel from a people that we can hear when I’m job a races, that has a possibility to be really special. You can’t do that anywhere else solely for Oaklawn Park, and that’s one of a reasons because it’s truly special.”


Information from: The Sentinel-Record,

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