OCEANPORT, N.J. – Monmouth Park’s track announcer Larry Collmus has been tapped by NBC as the new voice of the Triple Crown. Collmus, a 44-year-old resident of Monmouth Beach, has been Monmouth Park’s race caller since 1994.
“It’s tremendously exciting,” said Collmus, who’s been calling races since he was 18. “It’s rare that a situation like this presents itself, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been given this great opportunity.”
Collmus, a native of Ellicott City, Maryland, has worked at racetracks in Alabama, California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
“We couldn’t be happier for Larry,” said Bob Kulina, vice president and general manager of Monmouth Park. “He’s an exceptional talent, who has earned national recognition with his clear, concise and exciting race calls. We’re lucky to have him as part of the Monmouth team.”
The Triple Crown commences with the Kentucky Derby on May 7, followed by the Preakness Stakes on May 21 and finally the Belmont Stakes on June 11. The last horse to win all three races was Affirmed in 1978.
Monmouth Park’s 2011 racing season gets underway on May 14. A guest announcer will fill in for Collmus during his Triple Crown duties on May 21 and June 11.
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Every sport can put a mike on a player so they can tell you what they are thinking and what they are doing. Horses don't talk so we have an announcer tell you what they are doing. The blend of the two is what gives live racing it's flavor. God bless Tom Durkin for what he has given us over the past decades in the Triple Crown. I have been a regular at Monmouth Park for several years and Larry Collmus has been one of the reasons I have done so. With New Jersey racing being in the mess it is in, maybe this national spotlight for Larry will remind racing that New Jersey has high standards in the racing world. He will be excellent Derby week and before the world wide audience on Derby Day. Larry Collmus may just be the star we need in racing to give it the lift. Warren Walminski
I've always believed that Larry is amongst the best race callers in the nation, if not the very best. I've spoken with Larry many an afternoon down in The Paddock area and have found him to be very congenial and friendly. I recall telling him that listening to his call of Rachel Alexandra's Haskell gave me the chills. He said that calling that race gave him the chills too! Congratulations Larry!! See You Opening Day!Mike Romagnola 'Monmouth Park Father of The Year 2010'