Larry Collmus

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Larry Collmus (born October 13, 1966) is a Thoroughbred horse racing announcer. A native of Baltimore, Collmus has called at numerous racetracks around the country. He is currently the announcer at Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park.[1] He previously called races at Monmouth Park[1] and has sometimes called at Suffolk Downs.[2]

Collmus got his start by calling his first race at Bowie Race Track in 1985 at the age of 18. In 1985 and 1986, he served as the assistant announcer at Laurel Park, Pimlico, Bowie and Timonium Racetrack in his native Maryland. In 1987 he became the youngest announcer in the country after being named to call the races at Birmingham Turf Club in Alabama. After Birmingham, Collmus moved to California and became the announcer at Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco area,[3] a position he held until 1991 when he moved to take over announcing duties at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Massachusetts.

Collmus' move to a major summer racing circuit occurred in 1994 when he became the announcer at Monmouth Park, host of the 2007 Breeders' Cup. After spending 2 years as the winter announcer at Aqueduct Racetrack, he became the full time announcer at Gulfstream Park in 2007. In 2011 he succeeded Tom Durkin as the voice of the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup broadcasts on NBC Sports. He was named track announcer at Churchill Downs beginning with the 2014 racing season.[1] Notably, he called the races from Nov. 19-23 of 2008 as one of five potential announcers to replace Luke Kruytbosch. On August 13th, 2014, Larry Collmus was announced to once again succeed Tom Durkin, this time as the voice of the New York Racing Association. He will begin calling the races at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course starting in April 2015.

Collmus earned national notice when on August 22, 2010, he called a race at Monmouth Park featuring two horses named Mywifenosevrything and Thewifedoesntknow. The two horses made a move on the back stretch and found themselves leading the race, with Collmus playing off the contrasts of the two horses' names in his stretch call:

Collmus' stretch call attracted worldwide attention[4] and earned hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

Collmus has also called races at Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park, Santa Anita Park, and the Meadowlands as well as numerous races broadcast on ESPN, Fox and CBS.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bossert, Jerry (February 13, 2014). "Larry Collmus Is Named New Track Announcer at Churchill Downs". nydailynews.com. New York Daily News. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "At The Post: Former Suffolk announcer Collmus a hit". The Daily Item. 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  3. ^ McKinzie, Brad (1990-08-15). "Los Alamitos: Larry Collmus, Announcer at Fair Meeting, Is a Man With a Host of Race-Calling Voices". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Collmus's 'Wife' Stretch Call Becomes National Sensation" (Press release). Oceanport, NJ: New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. August 25, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2014.