Houston native Nick Tammaro has been named the new track announcer of Sam Houston Race Park. He will step into the role when the 50-day Thoroughbred meet gets underway Jan. 6 and will also call for the Quarter Horse meet, which begins in April.
The 37-year-old Tammaro has been following racing since his first trip to Louisiana's Fair Grounds when he was six. He's been officially involved in racing for more than 13 years as a public handicapper, speed figure maker, and oddsmaker. He has competed eight times in the National Handicapping Challenge in Las Vegas and earned a top-five finish in the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge. Tammaro called the 2021 Quarter Horse meet at Sam Houston when previous announcer Chris Griffin departed for Parx.
“Nick has been a part of the Sam Houston Race Park team for many years as our morning-line oddsmaker and guest handicapper,” said Frank Hopf, Sam Houston's senior director of racing operations. “He did a tremendous job calling races during our Quarter Horse meet. His passion for the sport of horseracing is contagious and will be a major asset to our team.”
Tammaro got his undergrad at the University of Dallas and earned his M.B.A. at the University of Houston. He and his wife, Norma, and 2-year-old daughter, Alessandra, live in Pearland, just outside of Houston.