by Press Release | 12.31.2020 | 9:25am
Turf Paradise announced Wednesday that veteran and international race caller Craig Braddick has been hired for the 2021 Winter meeting, starting on Jan. 4, 2021. Braddick, who has called Arizona his adopted home for the past five years, is excited to call races at his “hometown” track and calling races at Turf Paradise fulfills a career goal of race calling in his own community.
“It’s an exciting challenge to call five days per week, but I’ve always enjoyed that,” Braddick said. “I want to do all I can to positively promote Turf Paradise and grow a fan base for horse racing in my adopted home state of Arizona! We have some great horsemen and I expect the racing to be extremely competitive! I also want to be able to interact with horseplayers online, during racing, and get their opinions.”
Braddick, a native of Cambridge, England, grew up watching horses gallop on the world-famous Newmarket training grounds where he watched some of the greatest Thoroughbreds of the 1980’s and 1990’s. He also had the good fortune to learn race calling from some of England’s best race callers, including Jim McGrath, Simon Holt and the late, Robin Gray. Finding his passion early allowed him to begin learning his chosen profession at a young age, eventually leading him to his first race call in 1991 at Cottenham Point to Point racecourse at the age of only 15.
Since then, Braddick has called all types of horse racing, including Thoroughbred, Quarter-Horse, Arabian, Standardbred, and Jumps racing both in the U.S. and overseas. Most recently, Craig has been the race caller at historic Rillito Park, in Tucson, Arizona since 2018 as well as calling several races at National Steeplechase Association sanctioned events, including races at historic Fair Hill, MD and Camden, SC.
Braddick’s extensive social media and web design experience have garnered him note for his tireless and effective promotion of Arizona Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, particularly over the past two years. Recognizing Braddick’s skills in these areas, Turf Paradise has also hired him to maintain the track’s social media presence for the 2021 Winter meeting. Braddick will maintain the track’s Facebook and Twitter (@turf_paradise).