Joe Hernandez: The Voice of Santa Anita
Joe Hernandez: The Voice of Santa Anita is based on Rodolfo Alvarado's acclaimed biography on the life of the famed race caller. When released, the biography was a finalist for six literary awards including the International Latino Book Award. It won the Dr. Tony Book Award.
Hernandez was the voice of Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, from the time the track opened on Christmas Day 1934 until he fainted at the microphone on January 27, 1972. In that time, Hernandez called a remarkable 15,587 races in a row. Over the course of Hernandez’s career, his cry of "There they go!" echoed over a number of notable races including Seabiscuit’s win in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap and Johnny Longden’s last ride in 1966. His cries of "And here comes Malicious!" and "Silky Sullivan trails …" are remembered to this day.
Hernandez's story is remarkable on many fronts, the foremost being that he was the race caller at Santa Anita Park during America's Great Depression, a time when Mexicans and Mexican Americans were being repatriated to Mexico.
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Type: Limited Series
Episodes: Six, 55-60 pages each