||Tom Harris Hired as the New Voice of
Sam Houston Race Park
(Houston, Texas - November 3, 2009)
- Sam Houston Race Park has tapped veteran announcer Tom Harris to serve
as the new voice of The Park. Harris, who currently serves as the voice
of Retama Park, will join The Park’s staff in time to open the 2009/2010
Thoroughbred meet which begins on Friday, November 27.
The Park aims to utilize Harris’ skills in broadcast journalism
and expand the role of the announcer by making him a key spokesperson
for racing and special events, utilizing him as a co-host for on-air broadcasts
as well as radio programs and providing voice over work for The Park’s
radio and television campaigns. In addition, Harris will provide morning
line odds and a daily live racing tip sheet, conduct fan education seminars
for simulcast and live racing events as well as have a regular presence
online through The Park’s social media outlets which include Twitter,
Facebook, You Tube and other online industry blogs and chat rooms.
“Sam Houston Race Park is a natural fit for me and I am thrilled
to be part of the team,” commented Harris. “I am very familiar
with the major players on the Texas racing circuit, and I look forward
to expanding my voice and The Park’s presence from live racing into
new mediums in order to help engage the next generation of racing fans.”
Harris has an expansive background in broadcast television; producing
and directing sports shows ranging from featured Thoroughbred races, Greyhound
races and auto races, along with writing and hosting two cable TV shows.
Having been in the racing industry for over 20 years, Harris has extensive
history working with numerous Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse tracks nationwide.
Harris served as announcer for La Mesa Park in Raton, New Mexico; Rillito
Park in Tucson, Arizona; Playfair Race Course in Spokane, Washington;
Yakima Meadows in Yakima, Washington; Garden State Park in Cherry Hill,
New Jersey; The Downs in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Retama Park in San
Antonio, Texas. In addition to his experience as an announcer, Harris
has also served as the Director of Marketing at Yakima Meadows and Playfair
Race Course as well as Vice President & General Manager of Horsemen’s
Atokad Downs in South Sioux City, Nebraska.