Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park paddock analyst Angela Hermann is leaving to take the reins as track announcer at Golden Gate Fields for the remainder of the 2015-16 meet to replace the departing Michael Wrona who is heading to Santa Anita.
Hermann, who subbed for Paul Allen at Canterbury as the first female in the United States to call an entire race card, now breaks ground as the first full-time female race caller in the country. Hermann has been a mainstay at Canterbury Park for years in various positions, taking over as paddock analyst in 2011. After working with Allen honing her skills, Hermann stepped into the announcer’s booth on September 7, 2013 to call the races and her reviews were excellent.
The next few years she subbed for Allen periodically and when the opportunity came up at Golden Gate to do some analyst work during the late winter, she flew out to California and into history.
“Leaving Canterbury is so bittersweet,” Hermann said. “Canterbury has been so good to me over the last 13 years it’s really like leaving my second family behind. I’m so appreciative for everything that they’ve done for me. It makes me want to cry. I wish I could duplicate myself so I could do two things at once. Unfortunately I can’t and I can’t pass up this opportunity.
“I’m hoping that later this summer I can come back to Canterbury to visit be a part of it again,” Hermann continued. “The reasons it’s so hard to leave there are all the great people, all the great fans and everything about that track. It makes it so hard to leave and I think that says a lot about what they’ve done to make Canterbury such a great place.”
Canterbury is in the midst of finding a replacement for the talented and popular analyst and she stands ready to assist however possible.
“I really want to give a sincere ‘thank you’ to my friends, my fans and my family in Minnesota for everything that has happened over the last 13-years,” Hermann concluded. “Without Canterbury and the people there – in all respects – I would not be where I am today and I am so, so happy that Canterbury was the place I was able to develop my passion for horse racing. I don’t think that there is any better place to start out.”
(Heather Frisbie contributed to the reporting of this story)