Race Caller

Narrate all types of races for at-home listeners.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Race Callers do?

If you’ve ever watched the Kentucky Derby, you know that horses and Jockeys are only half the excitement. The other half comes courtesy of the Announcer, known as the Race Caller, whose unique brand of commentary turns a herd of running steeds into a captivating competition for glory.

As a Race Caller, you’re a special type of Sportscaster who’s paid to narrate races — horse races, auto races, and even running races — for fans, either on track via the PA system or over the airwaves, on radio or TV.

Like other Sportscasters, your job as a Race Caller is to verbally describe sporting events as they happen. Because races happen so quickly, however — the goal, after all, is to win by being faster than everyone else — you’ve got to be more than an Announcer. You’ve also got to be an expert, as your duties include identifying race entrants’ positions during the race, acknowledging and reporting race entrants’ actions and strategies, and calling the times at which race entrants’ meet race milestones, such as the quarter- and half-mile marks. All of that requires a keen eye and fluency in the sport.

While the highlight of your job is calling races — you typically call up to 10 races a day — you spend a large portion of your time preparing for them, instead. In the case of a horse race, for instance, you’ve got to memorize the horses’ and Jockeys’ names, silks, and colors so that you can easily identify them on the track.

Basically, you’re a sports storyteller, telling true tales about racers at racetracks!

Should I be a Race Caller?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Train Caller

    How to become a Race Caller

    Most Race Callers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ddcaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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