Hi all! This is Matt Dinerman, the Emerald Downs track announcer. Most of you might remember me stopping by the Emerald Racing Club Orientation a couple of weeks ago.
I’m 24 years old (the youngest announcer in America: woohoo!) and grew up in San Diego, California, where my parents reside. I have been involved with horse racing since I was 11, when my dad took me to Del Mar (Where The Turf Meets The Surf!) I got my first job in racing when I was 16, working on the backstretch for Southern California trainer John Sadler. I worked in his barn for four summers (2008-2011) before spending two additional seasons as the press box steward. While working in the Del Mar press box, I took a tape recorder and my binoculars and practiced calling races from high atop the grandstand.
I was hired to call races at Emerald Downs in May of 2015, just a week BEFORE I graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. That gave me even more reason to pass all of my final exams!
The main reason I wanted to add to this blog is because I have really enjoyed calling Emerald Racing Club winners like Charlie Thomas, Tribal Waters, Archie Graham, and of course, Distinguishable! Before calling a race with an Emerald Racing Club horse, I open my window and door to my booth so I can feel the electricity from downstairs. That electricity comes from all of you, cheering on your horses as they are announced in the post parade and as they race around the track. It’s really an amazing adrenaline rush to be able to call any horse race, but to be able to call a racehorse that means so much to so many fans is extra special.
It NEVER gets old to see the Emerald Racing Club line up out on the track to get a winners circle photo taken! You all look like you are having the time of your lives…and the horses look so happy to see you after they won! In my opinion, horses feel confident when they understand a large fan base is their to support them. I really do believe the “fan favorites” try just a little bit harder, for that reason. Horses are amazing animals and are smarter than some may give them credit for.
Speaking of horses, Distinguishable and McDove are two lovely fillies that you have acquired this year. Not only do they have talent as racehorses, but they are sweet as can be in the barn area. Spending time with hundreds of horses over the years, I can tell you that every horse has his or her own personality. Some are happy all the time. Some are moody. Some are very friendly towards people. Some like to be left alone. There’s no doubt, though, that Distinguishable and McDove LOVE to see all of you and very much enjoy human interaction. Whenever I go visit to see them, they stick their heads out of the stall and demand attention (and treats!) They know they are the stars of the show!!!
Luckily, you are off to a GREAT start this year and there is still A LOT of time for much more success. Here’s hoping Larry and Sharon Ross and Mike Puhich can find some good races and they continue to thrive!
I’d like to have a few of you visit my announcers booth and come up to the sixth floor to watch a race. Maybe Vince can have a contest or drawing to make that happen! And if you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I’ll answer ALL of your questions!
I just spoke to Vince and both fillies were on the track Wednesday. McDove jogged one mile, her first bit of work since Saturday’s race, and Distinguishable galloped one mile.
Vince will be out 7:30 Thursday morning to watch training, hope you can join us.
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