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Mark Johnson, Churchill Downs

Brit Mark Johnson is the first non-American to be track announcer at Louisville's historic Churchill Downs. Joining the Downs in 2009, Johnson is only the sixth track announcer in Churchill Downs history and "Voice of the Kentucky Derby".

Mark Johnson is one of the most popular and acclaimed horse racing commentators in Britain. He is one of the main "presenters" of American racing programs for the television network Racing UK. He began calling races in 1986 and has called such classics as the Epsom Derby (1998-2002) at Epsom and St. Leger Stakes (1995-2005) at Doncaster, as well as Aintree's legendary Grand National (2004-05) and most every Cheltenham Gold Cup for jumpers since 1996.

Johnson has wanted to be a race announcer all of his life and says working at Churchill Downs is a dream come true.

Mark Johnson is a native of Skegness, Lincolnshire, England. He holds a BA Hons in Television, Film & Theatre Studies fron King Alfred's College in Winchester, Hants, England; his post graduate diploma is in Radio Journalism from London College of Printing in Elephant & Castle, London, England.

Churchill Downs has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented the Kentucky Derby continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track.

For more on Churchill Downs, watch our Season One interview with Vice President of Communications, John Asher.

Program 408
A simple photo assignment that evolved into a decades-long relationship is presented in this edition of "Louisville Life". Also in this program, an Autism expert from the University of Louisville, and the first non-American to be track announcer at Churchill Downs. (#408)