Alvarado Adapting Biography Of Santa Anita Announcer Joe Hernandez To Movie Script

Award-winning Thoroughbred horse racing biographer, Rudolph “Rodolfo” Alvarado, who recently completed work on a screenplay based on the life of Anthony C. Acevedo, the first Mexican-American to register as a Holocaust survivor, is currently adapting his acclaimed biography based on the life of famed Santa Anita Park race caller Joe Hernandez to film.

Hernandez was the voice of Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., from the time the track opened on Christmas Day 1934 until he fainted at the microphone on January 27, 1972. In that time, Hernandez called a remarkable 15,587 races in a row. Over the course of Hernandez’s career, his cry of “There they go!” echoed over a number of notable races including Seabiscuit’s win in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap and Johnny Longden’s last ride in 1966. His cries of “And here comes Malicious!” and “Silky Sullivan trails …” are remembered to this day.

Alvarado’s biography, which he wrote with the assistance of Hernandez’s family and son, the late Father Frank Hernandez, S.J., was a finalist for six literary awards including the International Latino Book Award. It won the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award in 2008.

In announcing the endeavor, Alvarado stated the treatment will be ready by the end of July and the screenplay by late September. “If you’ve read my biography on Joe,” Alvarado said, “you know he led a compelling life from beginning to end. The fact that he was the voice of Thoroughbred horse racing at a time when Mexicans and Mexican Americans were being repatriated to Mexico because of the Great Depression speaks volumes to his talents, charisma and dedication to hard work.”

Author Rudolph Alvarado at Santa Anita memorial to Joe Hernandez with the track announcer’s son, the late Father Frank Hernandez, S.J. (Photo courtesy of Caballo Press)

Asked who he thought would be the ideal actor to portray Hernandez, Alvarado said, “There are certainly a number of fine actors who could play Joe, but at the moment I’m not really sure. If anyone has any suggestions they can leave a comment. I will definitely be checking.”

In expressing support for the project, Hernandez’s grandson, Michael Carpenter stated, “I am filled with immense pleasure and pure pride to learn that the life story of my grandfather, Joe Hernandez, will soon extend its hand to an even broader audience when brought to life on screen. His legacy is one of true determination and earned success. Rising from such small beginnings to overcome personal and professional obstacles in his life, and become the voice of Santa Anita as a Hispanic in a predominantly blue-blood sport, brings inspiration to the soul.  With such racial divide still tainting the very heart of our country today, his life’s story offers much needed hope that one can overcome adversity with the simple face of tenacity and faith at their side.”

Alvarado is repped by Detroit, Mich., entertainment attorney Jonathan H. Schwartz. For updates on the treatment and manuscript visit

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