This summer from Saratoga Race Course you'll be able to hear a familiar refrain And they're off ... in a different way: Y están apagados ...
The New York Racing Association is the first racetrack operator in the country to provide year-round race calls in Spanish.
Luis Grandison will do live calls in Spanish at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga for the NYRA network.
Grandison, a 57-year-old Panama native, called races at El Hipódromo Presidente Remón in Panama City from 1978 to 2003. He began Thursday at Aqueduct.
"Luis is a talented and enthusiastic individual, and we are thrilled to hire him as the first year-round Spanish language thoroughbred racing announcer in the United States," NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay said in a statement. "Our sport has a very large and dedicated following in the Hispanic and Latino communities, and this important initiative will help enhance and personalize the guest experience for our Spanish speaking fan base."
"I am very excited to be the new Spanish race caller for Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga," Grandison said in a statement. "This is a great way to make races from these terrific racetracks more accessible to Spanish speakers around the world."
In the coming months, NYRA will make the Spanish race calls available in a variety of locations and across multiple platforms.