The hoof beats of horses aren’t the only familiar sounds at JDA Raceway at Evergreen Park this summer.
Wafting through the grandstand and around the Gordon Badger Stadium is the voice of veteran announcer Jeff Henson.
After a two-year break, Henson is back calling the races.
“I am very excited to be returning this summer as track announcer for The Horses at Evergreen Park,” said Henson, who was in the booth for the 2016 and 2017 seasons o pari-mutuel racing before taking that two-year hiatus.
Born and raised in Manitoba, Jeff moved to Grande Prairie in the summer of 2007 to become the play-by-play broadcaster of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Grande Prairie Storm. He recently agreed to come back for a 14th season with the club in that position.
When not at the race track or the arena, Jeff can be heard Saturday and Sunday mornings as the weekend news anchor for both Big Country 93.1 FM and Q99 FM (98.9) in Grande Prairie.
“I’m looking forward to seeing many familiar faces this summer at Gordon Badger stadium,” he said.
And race fans, both at the track and across the world on the racing Livestream, have enjoyed his return.
You can hear Henson in action again every Saturday and Sunday (1:15 p.m. post) and Friday, July 31 (5:15 p.m. post) until August 23.
Those unable to attend in person can watch and listen through the racing Livestream. It can be found by going to www.evergreenpark.ca . Fans wanting to bet on the races from home can do so by signing up at Xpressbet.com or HPIbet.com.
All the races will also be shown on the screens in the Evergreen Park Casino, both live and replay, throughout the summer. There are also betting machines in the Casino – which is open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.
There is also a You Tube channel at The Horses At Evergreen Park 2020. It is free to subscribe to.