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.