New Scholarship Created At UofA Race Track Industry Program By Retired Track Announcer Dave Johnson

The Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona announced the creation of the Dave Johnson & William “Bill” Fisher Scholarship Award to support RTIP students pursuing their goal of a career in the business side of the industry such as track management, publicity, announcing, etc.

The annually awarded scholarship is sponsored by retired track announcer, Dave Johnson, whose signature (and trademarked) call –  “and down the stretch they come!” – is known by racing fans the world over.

Through the creation of this scholarship, Johnson not only wanted to support the future leaders of the racing industry but also honor his good friend, the late William “Bill” Fisher, treasurer and general manager of Hialeah Park before he retired and who was instrumental in furthering Johnson’s career in racing. Fisher spotted Johnson’s talent at Fairmount Park and Cahokia Downs and hired him for the Hialeah Park meet in 1971. Johnson went on to be track announcer at New York Racing Association tracks, Meadowlands and Santa Anita Park, and was the voice of the Triple Crown on ABC television for many years.

“We couldn’t be more excited that Dave selected the RTIP’s scholarship program as a way to support the industry while honoring William Fisher,” said Wendy Davis, director of the RTIP. “It’s incredibly gratifying to see the level of support from industry leaders for the next generation of racing executives.”

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