|Lone Star Park Hires John Lies as Track
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie has hired John
Lies as its track announcer for the 2005 Spring Thoroughbred Season that
runs April 14 through July 17.
Lies, a broadcast publicist for Santa Anita and Hollywood Park since
1999, made several guest appearances in the announcer's booth at Santa
Rosa last summer on the Northern California fair circuit. His race calls
impressed Churchill Downs' track announcer Luke Kruytbosch so much that
he offered Lies a job as his substitute at Ellis Park in August. He also
was the backup announcer to Vic Stauffer at Hollywood Park's 2004 Autumn
"After listening to numerous tapes from race callers across the
country, we immediately recognized John Lies as a future star among track
announcers," said Lone Star Park's Vice-President and General Manager
Jeff Greco. "John has a precise, straight-forward delivery that we
think will appeal to both the everyday horseplayer and the casual fan.
We look forward to John becoming the new voice of Lone Star Park."
Lies (pronounced Lees) also has experience as an assistant trainer, racing
official, writer, handicapper, television analyst and radio personality.
In addition to announcing at Lone Star, Lies will host the track's replay
show, provide handicapping analysis and write a weekly column.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be given an opportunity to call races
at a racetrack like Lone Star Park," Lies said. "I've been around
horse racing my entire life and this is what I've always wanted to do."