Calling the races at Tampa Bay Downs
TAMPA (FOX 13) - A day at Tampa Bay Downs is a collection of time-honored traditions. The face of the track is actually just a voice -- the famous voice of Richard Grunder. He has been the voice of Tampa Bay Downs for over 30 years.
To get to the announcer booth, it took a dream, drive, and determination by Richard. The dream started when he was just a small child growing up with a family that loved horse racing.
I have always wanted to call a horse race at Tampa Bay Downs. The one problem is that I don't really know the difference between a flag pole and the quarter pole at the track. I am not sure that Richard was aware of that when he agreed to share his microphone for a real race at Tampa Bay Downs.
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