Prairie Meadows Announcer

Prairie Meadows Announcer

Bobby Neuman will serve as track announcer during the track's 2021 meet.

Purty Darn Quick wins the 2020 Prairie Meadows John Deere Juvenile Challenge

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Bobby Neuman, whose resume includes stints at Calder Race Course in Florida and Los Alamitos Race Course in California, will call the races at Prairie Meadows during the track's 84-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, which opens April 30 and runs through September 25.

“I’m really excited about getting back into the booth,” Neuman said. “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,” he 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 successful career as a track announcer.

“I started calling at the Arizona fairs in the early '90s.” Neuman 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 May 7 after he fulfills 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, and I'm appreciative that he has given his approval for me to honor my Derby week commitment to HRRN," Neuman said.

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