Horowitz to be Zia Announcer

Jonathan Horowitz named to be Zia Park announcer.

July 27, 2012

Jonathan Horowitz will be the new horse race announcer at Zia Park in Hobbs, New Mexico, when the 2012 season begins on September 8.  Horowitz, 27, began announcing when he was 14 and became the youngest person ever to call a horse race in the United States at California’s Los Alamitos Race Course in 1999. He is currently the announcer at Arapahoe Park outside Denver.  He has called at 19 racetracks in the United States and Great Britain, and for several years he was the American guest announcer at the Glorious Goodwood Festival in Chichester, England.

In addition to announcing at Zia Park, Horowitz will write articles for the racetrack’s program and conduct handicapping classes. “I think it’s important to interact with people, and I look forward to meeting the fans at Zia Park,” Horowitz said. “The racetrack is really developing a high profile in just its seventh year of racing, and I’m excited to be part of a growing track.”

Zia Park will conduct a 54-day meeting of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred races from September 8 to December 4, highlighted on October 28 by New Mexico Cup Day, one of the richest cards for state-breds in the nation with purses totaling approximately $2 million. The track will also hold one of the year’s final major derby races, the $150,000 Zia Park Derby on December 1.

Horowitz holds a master’s degree in kinesiology specializing in sports business and statistics from the University of Maryland, College Park.  In addition to announcing, he works in the Publishing Office at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., assisting author Susan Reyburn on a new book titled Football Nation about football’s history and influence on business, politics and culture in the United States.  He is also the author of The One and Only: A Sports Quiz Deck of Definitive Games, Teams, Players, and Events, published by Pomegranate Communications in 2012.