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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 the New York Racing Association. He is also the Race Caller for NBC's coverage of the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup. He previously called races at Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park and Suffolk Downs.
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, 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. Notably, he called the races from Nov. 19-23 of 2008 as one of five potential announcers to replace Luke Kruytbosch. On August 13, 2014, Collmus was announced to once again succeed Tom Durkin, this time as the voice of the New York Racing Association. He began calling the races at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course in April 2015 as part of a five-year contract.
Citing the "wear and tear" of calling races all year long, Collmus announced in June 2016 that he would not return as the winter announcer at Gulfstream Park. He continues to announce for NYRA, NBC Sports and the Breeders' Cup between April and November.
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:
“ ... "Mywifenosevrything! Thewifedoesntknow! They're 1-2! Of course they are! Mywifenosevrything in front, to the outside, Thewifedoesntknow! Mywifenosevrything! Thewifedoesntknow! Mywifenosevrything... MORE than Thewifedoesntknow! (Monmouth Park - August 22, 2010 - Race 7) ”
Collmus' stretch call attracted worldwide attention and earned hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
“ ... "And they're into the stretch, and American Pharoah makes his run for glory as they come into the final furlong. Frosted is second with one-eighth of a mile to go. American Pharoah's got a two-length lead. Frosted is all out at the sixteenth pole. And here it is! The 37-year wait is over! American Pharoah is finally the one! American Pharoah has won the Triple Crown!" ”
He also had the call of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland for NBC, where American Pharoah attempted to be racing's first Grand Slam winner:
“ ..."And they're into the stretch, and American Pharoah has a four-length lead, Effinex is second, and then it's Frosted, Tonalist, and Honor Code. American Pharoah comes into his final furlong, and he's got a five, a six length lead as they come to the wire. A Triple Crown Winner, A Breeders' Cup winner, A HORSE OF A LIFETIME!!!" ”
- 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.
- "At The Post: Former Suffolk announcer Collmus a hit". The Daily Item. 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
- 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.
- Grening, David (29 June 2016). "Collmus steps down from Gulfstream announcing job". drf.com. Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- "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.
- Brothers, Donna (June 19, 2015). "Holding Back Tears After American Pharoah's Triple Crown". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 June 2015.