Stauffer: I’ll be back in the booth Thursday

Hollywood Park track announcer Vic Stauffer, who according to doctors suffered a mini stroke Saturday night, says he’s be given the OK to return to work calling the races when the meet begins its final week Thursday.

Stauffer, who was hospitalized for tests Saturday night after complaining of fatigue and missed Sunday’s card, also is the agent for the meet’s leading rider, Joel Rosario, who is trying to snap Rafael Bejarano’s co-record streak of six consecutive Southland riding titles. Rosario, who’s never won a major riding title in the U.S., holds a 74-66 edge over Bejarano with four days to go.

“I am absolutely overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes,” Stauffer said in a statement. “Tina, Lilly and I can never properly say how much we appreciate it. I know that I am going to feel better when I’m doing what I enjoy most, and that is calling the races.”

The 50-year-old Stauffer began calling the races at Hollywood Park in 2001. He began booking mounts for Rosario during the past Hollypark autumn meet.

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