Battaglia leaving booth for office gig


Longtime Churchill Downs and Turfway Park track announcer Mike Battaglia is stepping away from the booth and moving into a role as vice president at Turfway.

Turfway said Friday in a news release that the move is effective March 12. After a 44-year career of calling races, Battaglia will serve as the track’s ambassador, teaching the art of handicapping and helping promote the track.

The day of his move coincides with the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, a race that honors Battaglia’s father, Turfway’s general manager in the 1970s.

Battaglia called races at Churchill Downs from 1977-96. He also has set the morning line at the track since 1974.