Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Larry Collmus named Tom Durkin's successor

The New York Racing Association announced on Wednesday that Larry Collmus has been named the successor to Tom Durkin, and will be calling the races for NYRA starting in April 2015.

The 47 year old Collmus was the regular race track announcer at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, calling the races there for 20 seasons from 1994-2013, and gained worldwide notoriety for calling the battle between "Mywifenosevrything" and "Thewifedoesntknow" in August 2010, as viewed below.

He also has called the races at Golden Gate Fields in California and also Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts.  In 2007, he succeeded Tom Durkin as track announcer for the winter meet at Gulfstream Park in Florida, and succeeded Durkin again as the principal announcer for NBC's coverage of the Triple Crown.

Collmus will continue calling the races during the winter meet at Gulfstream Park, and will continue his work for NBC Sports for their Triple Crown coverage, but his recently-acquired position at Churchill Downs will come to an end.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Churchill Downs who treated me very well during my brief time there," Collmus stated during a press conference at Saratoga Race Course.  "I am trading one dream job for another."  He also added that he is "so excited and honored to become the next voice of New York racing."

Larry Collmus will begin calling the races during the final month of racing at Aqueduct in April 2015, and will be the chief announcer for Belmont Park as well as Saratoga Race Course.

Tom Durkin, who had called the races for NYRA for 24 years, announced earlier this year that he is retiring from race calling on August 31st, the penultimate day of the Saratoga Race Course meet.

"I would like to congratulate Larry and wish him the very best," Durkin stated.

John Imbreale, who is NYRA's TV Producer for their on-track signal and other various NYRA programming that airs on MSG+, will take over as track announcer until Collmus's arrival.  Imbreale has served as NYRA's winter announcer and back-up to Tom Durkin.

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