John Lies to Tackle Dual Roles at Will Rogers, Fair Meadows

The longtime Lone Star Park track announcer will call races and serve as racing secretary at the two Oklahoma tracks.

Daily Racing Form

Longtime Lone Star Park announcer John Lies will take on expanded roles at two Oklahoma tracks, including Will Rogers Downs in Claremore.

John Lies, who for more than 10 years has been the announcer at Lone Star Park near Dallas, has resigned his position to take on the role of racing secretary and announcer at both Will Rogers Downs and Fair Meadows in Oklahoma.

A native of San Diego and resident of nearby La Jolla, Lies, 39, told Daily Racing Form that he will continue to serve as announcer for Kentucky Downs and as simulcast host at Del Mar.

Lies has been the racecaller for the Thoroughbred meet at Will Rogers Downs for the past three years. His role with the track will expand to racing secretary with Jesse Ullery, formerly in the position, now based in Kentucky.

Will Rogers Downs opens its spring Thoroughbred meet on March 14. The track’s 28-day American Quarter Horse meet starts on September 10.

“I’m real excited,” Lies said of his expanded role. “I have mixed emotions and sentimental feelings leaving Lone Star Park, but the time has come.”

Lies said he has worked in the racing offices at Del Mar and Will Rogers Downs. He served as an entry clerk at Will Rogers Downs the past three years and also assisted Ullery in other aspects of putting cards together.

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