By John Pricci
AUG. 2, 2019—Trusted sources have informed HorseRaceInsider that Michael Wrona will take over as full time announcer at Los Alamitos Racetrack beginning in 2020.
Wrona is expected to call both Thoroughbred and Quarter-Horse races at the Orange County track. Long-time racecaller and analyst Ed Burgart will be retiring at the end of this year.
Los Alamitos owner Dr. Ed Allred was “strongly urged” to hire Wrona by Thoroughbred owner/breeder Paul Reddam, who raced 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist.
Reddam and former Santa Anita announcer Wrona have maintained a close friendship through the years.
The loan company Reddam founded, CashCall, sponsors the CashCall Futurity, which originally was run at Hollywood Park. Currently, the final Grade 1 of the juvenile season is held at Los Alamitos in December.
Parenthetically, a federal judge ordered Reddam’s loan company to pay a $10.3 million fine in 2018 for violating consumer protection laws.
Wrona has called Thoroughbred races at Los Alamitos in the past but was replaced by Bobby Neuman, the longtime Calder Race Course announcer before its owner, Churchill Downs Inc., sold the racing dates to The Stronach Group.
Neuman has called the races at the Los Al Thoroughbred summer meet since 2016, and filled in for Burgart for six weeks as the Quarter-Horse announcer earlier this year. Neuman could not be reached for comment.