Jason Settlemoir will be the second announcer during the 2011 Grand Circuit week at the Delaware, OH County Fair. The Newark, OH native, whose entire life has been devoted to harness racing, also will continue as the Delaware Fair's simulcast director. Settlemoir will replace Steve Cross as assistant to Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston.
Jason is also vice-president of racing and simulcasting for Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in New York where he oversees racing, simulcasting, race sponsorships and social media along with group sales at Tioga Downs.
Settlemoir's harness racing career began when he was 13 years old when he called his first race at the Hartford Independent Fair in Licking County, OH. Throughout his teen-age years, Jason called races at numerous other Ohio fairs as well as the West Virginia State Fair.
""I was really fortunate growing up to have men like Terry Holton and Jerry Knappenberger as mentors. Their help was invaluable to me," said Settlemoir. "Later on Jerry Kalb, then assistant manager at Scioto Downs, gave me my big break when he hired me as his assistant in 1996. He is a great friend." Shortly after that Jason became simulcast director, track announcer, and assistant race secretary.
In 2005, Jeff Gural hired Jason to help one racetrack from the brink of extinction (Vernon Downs) and oversee the rebirth of another track (Tioga Downs) that had been closed for 28 years.
Jason actually has worked at the Delaware County Fair since 1995. "My first job was putting blankets on the winning horses in the winner's circle. Then about eight years ago I became simulcast director. Both Tom Thomson and Phil Terry were a great help to me in becoming simulcast director and now as the assistant to Roger Huston. It has always been a dream of mine to announce races at the Delaware Fair for the Thomson and Terry families. I appreciate everything they have done for me personally and professionally. This is truly an honor."
Settlemoir is also a director of the U.S. Trotting Association District 8, vice president of Harness Tracks of America, and president of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.
Jason lives in Athens, PA with his wife, Lori, and their sons, Jeffrey and Travis.