Prairie Meadows Hires Track Announcer Bobby Neuman To Call Races In 2021

April 22, 2021 – Altoona, IA. Accomplished track announcer Bobby Neuman, whose resume includes successful stints at Calder Race Course in Florida and Los Alamitos Race Course in California, will call the races at Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, and Hotel during the 84-day 2021 live horse racing season that begins on Friday, April 30 and runs through Saturday, September 25.

“I’m really excited about getting back into the booth,” Neuman said by phone after his hiring. “Calling the races has always been my passion and I believe I will bring an accurate, entertaining, and professional approach to the fans watching Prairie Meadows racing on-track, in the simulcast outlets, and at home.”

“I see the horses, the jockeys, the trainers, and the owners as the stars of the show,” Neuman added. “It’s the job of a good announcer to put the spotlight on their accomplishments on the race track.”

Neuman earned a degree in Business Administration through the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program before embarking on what has become a well-traveled career as a track announcer.

“I started calling at the Arizona fairs in the early 90s.” he recalled. “I was at Thistledown for three years, at Calder for 15 years, I called harness races at The Red Mile and Pompano Park, I had a fill-in stint at Churchill Downs, and I was in the booth at Los Alamitos for four Thoroughbred meets through 2019.”

Neuman will step into his role at Prairie Meadows on Friday, May 7 after fulfilling his commitment to work Kentucky Oaks Friday and Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs for Horse Racing Radio Network.

“I’m grateful that Prairie Meadows Vice President of Racing Derron Heldt offered me the opportunity to call the races in Iowa this season,” added Neuman. “And I am appreciative that he has given his approval for me to honor my Derby week commitment to HRRN.”

Former Prairie Meadows track announcer Ken Miller will handle the race calling duties for the first two days of the 2021 season on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1.


About Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows began operations as a nonprofit organization in 1989 with the goal of promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in the state of Iowa. Through taxes, grants, and charitable donations, Prairie Meadows has given more than $1.9 billion to the state of Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers slot machines, table games, live and simulcast racing, sports wagering, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more.

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