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More History For Lupul

Published: December 5, 2014 11:13 am ET

Last Comment: December 9, 2014 10:19 am ET | 6 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Making history is nothing new to Dawn Lupul of the Woodbine Entertainment Group. Back in 2009, Lupul made history when she became the first female announcer to call a card of harness racing in Canada. It appears as though the 48-year-old made even more history this past Wednesday night.

As an article by the Toronto Sun explains, Lupul was called into action Wednesday (December 3) at Woodbine Racetrack. Dan Loiselle, the track’s veteran Thoroughbred announcer, was unable to call the races that night, and, on short notice, Lupul took the trip up the facility’s sixth floor and filled in.

It is presumed that Lupul’s call of the track’s Wednesday card is a first time in the history of the country that a female announced an entire program of live Thoroughbred racing.

“Sometimes you end up being a trailblazer when you don’t intend to be,” said Lupul, who is no stranger to cutting her own groundbreaking path in the announcers’ game.

In the fall of 2009 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont., Lupul made Canadian history when she became the first female announcer to call a card of live Standardbred racing in the country. Two years later, Lupul called her first full card of racing on the WEG circuit when she announced Woodbine’s Boxing Day card.

“Race calling is challenging,” Lupul told The Sun. “It’s like play-by-play, you’re trying to describe the action. So I try not to get too fancy. I’m no Dan Loiselle. All I try to do is be efficient, to call as accurately as I can and try to be a little bit colourful here and there.”

(With files from the Toronto Sun)

December 9, 2014 - 10:19 amThe day someone like Sugar

Michael Glew SAID...

The day someone like Sugar Shannon Doyle is replaced by something like Siri (a voice-controlled computer generated language interface) will be the day I'm done with this sport.

December 8, 2014 - 1:40 pmSeriously you're kidding

Seriously you're kidding right? So you would have rather had some computer generated voice for all sports or just horse racing in particular. Part of the enjoyment whatever sport you like is that usually the team you follow or sport has play by play people that make the game/event enjoyable and at times memorable with a combination of articulation, knowledge and hopefully humour, when done correctly there is no way a computer generated a la my g.p.s. could ever do that. Sorry Robert you're dead wrong on this score

Vin Scully, Joe Bowen, Al Michaels, et. al.

December 7, 2014 - 8:28 pmAnother example of horse

Another example of horse racing living in the past.Use a computer generated voice to call the races.Get with the times and save some money while ur at it.

December 5, 2014 - 4:22 pmKeep up the good work Dawn

Keep up the good work Dawn Lupul. We need good race callers all over.

December 5, 2014 - 4:14 pmCongrats on all of your

Congrats on all of your successes Dawn couldn't happen to a nicer person in this industry. If all of your past learning and prep and a desire to be something are the measure of success I'm sure there are a lot more great things coming.

December 5, 2014 - 3:03 pmYou go girl, liked your race

You go girl, liked your race announcing at Woodbine harness this past month.

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