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Announcer Peter Aiello Back In Booth, Finishing “Dream Year”
Young Hialeah Park Caller Completes Unique South Florida Announcing “Hat Trick” In 2014
Hialeah, FL / December 23, 2014 – When track announcer Peter Aiello settles into his booth Friday for opening day of the 2014-15 Quarter Horse season at Hialeah Park, he’ll be in the same spot he was when this year began.
But what happened between the end of the 2013-14 Hialeah Park season and the upcoming December 26 start of the new one have made 2014 a “dream year” for the 29-year-old Florida native.
Aiello, who took over the microphone at Hialeah Park on a full time basis for the 2010-11 season, also called races in 2014 at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West (Calder). According to longtime Florida racing observers, Aiello completed a unique “hat trick” in becoming the first announcer to call horse races at all three major South Florida tracks in one calendar year.
“I first called on the weekends at Gulfstream Park in 2013,” Aiello noted. “This year, they asked me back to call three days a week from April to the end of September. That turned into four days a week in October and November when Gulfstream Park took over the operation of Calder.”
“Being from South Florida, it’s really unbelievable! It seemed divine the way it played out. It was definitely a ‘right place, right time’ opportunity. Everyone has been so gracious in making it work. It wouldn’t have been possible without the complete cooperation of the management staffs in both operations.”
Aiello even managed to add a fourth Florida track to his 2014 announcing resume earlier this month. He filled in at Tampa Bay Downs one afternoon for an ailing Richard Grunder.
All told, by Aiello’s own accounting, he has now called at least horse one race at 20 different tracks since his initial effort at Arizona’s Rillito Park in 2005. Since then, he has added the following tracks to his list: Safford, Douglas, Globe, and Sonoita (Arizona Fairs), Finger Lakes, Turf Paradise, Northlands, Evergreen Park, Tampa Bay Downs, Hialeah Park, Calder, Gulfstream Park, Northfield, Beulah, River Downs, Seneca County Fair, Thistledown, Prairie Meadows, and Pompano Park.
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