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UNFAMILIAR VOICE: Churchill Downs Announcer

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Horse racing fans from around the world can take one look at the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs and say, ‘That’s America’.

The sights, the smells, the sounds…

Actually, not the sounds.

You see, that’s the one thing. Englishman Mark Johnson has been the track announcer at Churchill Downs for three years.

He calls every race behind high powered binoculars, and though he’s become a fan favorite, he admits the sound of his voice makes first timers do a double take.