Announcer Michael Wrona has been named the race-caller for the new Arizona Downs, which is set to open May 25. The Prescott track, formerly known as Yavapai Downs under different ownership, has not hosted live racing since 2010.
An Australian native, Wrona has called races all over the country, including most recently for two years at Santa Anita Park until being dismissed prior to the current winter-spring meeting. Wrona has also been recently named as the new race-caller for the boutique Kentucky Downs meet, which opens Aug. 31.
“I am thrilled that Michael is joining our team,” said Arizona Downs’ general manager Ann McGovern. “He is an incredible talent and we are fortunate that his voice will be associated with the opening of Arizona Downs. Our goal is to grow Arizona racing and Michael’s race calling will be an important factor in reaching that goal. Michael brings instant credibility to those familiar with racing and his style resonates with newcomers to the sport.”
Arizona Downs will feature both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing from May 25 to Sep. 2.