Patrick McKenna, the senior director of communications for the New York Racing Association, released the following statement to the Paulick Report on Tuesday:
“Following the conclusion of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA track announcer John Imbriale received a positive COVID-19 test result after experiencing mild symptoms. As a result of the mandatory 10-day isolation period, Imbriale will miss the opening weekend of the fall meet (at Belmont Park) and is scheduled to return on Thursday, Sept. 23.
“In his absence, Frank Mirahmadi will handle the race calling duties on Thursday, September 16. Chris Griffin, who was named the lead race caller at Parx in March, will call Friday-Sunday.
“Imbriale is fully vaccinated, doing well, and looking forward to returning to Belmont next week.”
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