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Published 09/23/2023, 9:45 AM EDT

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Oaklawn Park Race Track, located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, stands as a prominent American Horse racing track and casino. This storied venue proudly hosts “The Racing Festival of the South,” a thrilling four-day series of races that culminates with the prestigious Arkansas Derby. Horse racing is at the heart of Oaklawn’s legacy, where its rich tradition began. Over the past decade, this hallowed track has had the privilege of welcoming some of the most illustrious names in the world of horse racing.

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Recently, the Oaklawn Jockey Club made an announcement that has captured the attention. They announced the new track announcer- Matt Dinerman for the upcoming Horse racing season which is scheduled on December 8th. This announcement has created a buzz of excitement and anticipation in the racing community.

New track announcer for Oaklawn’s upcoming horse racing


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The Oaklawn Jockey Club in Hot Springs announced the new track announcer. On September 22nd this year they announced Matt Dinerman,31, the new track announcer. Why is this a big deal? Well, because the horse racing season is right around the corner, starting December 8, 2023. Matt Dinerman is stepping in from his previous role at Golden Gate Fields, where he announced races for six years. He replaced Vic Stauffer, who bid farewell to Oaklawn in March after more than six years of service.

I’m honored to be selected for such a prestigious role, following in the footsteps of some very talented announcers,” said Dinerman as quoted by “Oaklawn has tremendous racing with great field sizes, outstanding connections, top-quality horses, and great purses. I look forward to my interaction with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable fan base and being part of the Oaklawn family.


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We are excited to welcome Matt Dinerman to our racing team at Oaklawn,” said Wayne Smith, General Manager of Oaklawn. “He brings a passion and high-energy style to the announcer’s booth that builds anticipation at each turn and reaches an exciting climax down the stretch and across the finish line. Oaklawn fans will be entertained and informed by Matt’s style.”.

This mutual excitement and satisfaction show that both parties are on the same page and are looking forward to providing an enjoyable racing experience for fans. Matt Dinerman’s impressive track record and experience in the world of horse racing have been built over many years.

A Journey through Matt Dinerman’s Racing Career


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Matt Dinerman has always been a fan of horse racing since childhood. He used to watch horse racing at the Del Mar thoroughbred club. Later on, he became a part of the Del Mar Publicity Department.

In 2015, he even got an opportunity to become the track announcer at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington. This made him one of the youngest announcers in the horse racing world. One of the best moments in his career was when he got to announce the 2021 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Matt didn’t just stick to announcing, he also worked as a television racing analyst and wrote blogs where he shared his thoughts about races, made selections, and gave tips on betting.


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Matt Dinerman has been announced as Oaklawn Park’s new track announcer for the upcoming horse racing season which is creating excitement. His passion for horse racing and impressive background promise to enhance the fan experience and continue Oaklawn’s rich tradition.  Do you think this will make things more exciting?

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Written by:

Maleehah Shakeel


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Maleehah Shakeel is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports.She is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing. A holder of a master’s degree, Maleehah has created a penchant for all things and delved into the world of sports.
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