25-Year-Old Dinerman The New Voice Of Golden Gate Fields

Effective opening day, Tuesday, Dec. 26, there will be a new voice by the San Francisco Bay, as Golden Gate Fields has announced the hiring of Matt Dinerman, who has served as track announcer for the past three years at Emerald Downs near Seattle.

Dinerman, 25, is regarded as a dynamic young talent who has made the transition from ardent horse racing fan to announcer with unbridled enthusiasm and a work ethic to match. Employed just four summers ago as a press box steward, Dinerman began calling races into a tape recorder at age 20 and has proven to be the personification of a quick study.

“A home run for Golden Gate Fields and California racing,” is how Emerald Downs Director of Media Relations Vince Bruun described Dinerman’s ascent to the Golden Gate announcer’s booth. “Matt was in the stable area every morning talking to horsemen, getting to know the horses, and putting out good stuff on social media—In addition to being a GREAT young talent.”

A paddock and handicapping analyst at Golden Gate since late 2016, Dinerman’s first job in racing was as a summertime hot walker for trainer John Sadler in 2008.

“I’m very excited to be working at Golden Gate Fields,” said Dinerman. “I’ve met so many great people here and I look forward to being a part of the community on a year-round basis. Golden Gate is an absolutely gorgeous track, with good horsemen and plenty of talented horses.

“Thank you to The Stronach Group for presenting me with this opportunity and thank you to Emerald Downs for their support over these past three years. I’m so honored to be working out of the same booth that a lot of great announcers have occupied over the years and I can’t wait to start the day after Christmas.”

Born and raised in San Diego, Dinerman graduated with a degree in Communications from Chapman College in nearby Orange CA., in 2015.

First post time at Golden Gate Fields for opening day, Tuesday, Dec. 26, is at 12:15 p.m. PT. For more information on the upcoming 96-day Winter/Spring Meet at Golden Gate Fields, please visit goldengatefields.com.

Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino has announced Tom Harris as the track’s new full-time announcer.

Harris, who begins his duties Sunday, April 22, 2018, becomes only the third announcer in the track’s 21-year history. He succeeds Matt Dinerman, who was announced earlier this week as the new voice of Golden Gate Fields.

“Announcing horse races have been a lifelong passion for me, and the opportunity to announce at Emerald Downs is a dream come true,” Harris said. “I have enormous respect for the tradition of the sport in the Pacific Northwest, and the many fine horsemen and horsewomen in the area. I can’t wait to get started.”

Harris, a 55-year-old Dallas native, has extensive race-calling experience. Currently announcer at Portland Meadows, Harris also has announced races at Sam Houston Race Park, Retama Park, Playfair, Yakima Meadows, Zia Park, San Juan Downs, Albuquerque, Yellowstone Downs, Garden State Park and La Mesa Park. He worked last season for Emerald Downs in the broadcast and promotions departments, calling several races closing week.

“Tom Harris is a familiar voice to Washington race fans from his days at Yakima Meadows and also familiar to race fans around the country,” said Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino President Phil Ziegler. “Tom has extensive experience in the announcer’s booth, and we’re fortunate that he’s already part of our team. This will make for a seamless transition.”

In addition to horse racing, Harris also has broadcast minor league basketball, worked as a television sports director/producer in the Nebraska/Iowa/South Dakota region, and spent nine years as PA announcer for the Chicago Cubs in spring training. Horse racing, however, remains his favorite pastime.

“No two races are the same and each brings a new challenge and a new thrill,” Harris said. “I will always enjoy this exciting ride that life has allowed me.”

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