Larry Collmus leaving Churchill Downs to be race caller in New York
Larry Collmus stay at Churchill Downs will last less than a year.
Garry Jones / FR50389 AP
Larry Collmus' tenure as track announcer at Churchill Downs barely got past the starting gate.
Collmus, who took over in the spring as race caller at the home of the Kentucky Derby, on Wednesday accepted the job as track announcer for the New York Racing Association, starting in the spring of 2015. He will stay on at Churchill for the upcoming September and fall meets.
"I'm trading one dream job for another," Collmus said.
Collmus, 47, will start calling races on the New York circuit in April, the final month of the Aqueduct Racetrack spring meet, the NYRA said in its announcement. He will announce the Belmont Park spring and fall meets and the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.
Collmus has three nearly decades of experience calling races, and his crisp cadence is familiar to horse racing fans nationwide.
Collmus will continue his role announcing Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup races for NBC Sports, the NYRA said. He'll also continue his winter role calling races at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
In New York, Collmus will succeed Tom Durkin, the longtime voice of the New York racing circuit.
"The New York Racing Association was privileged to have one of the greatest voices in professional sports calling our races for more than two decades," NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay said. "With our addition of Larry Collmus, we have another."