Churchill Downs track announcer Larry Collmus to leave for NYRA

08/13/2014 01:49 PM

On Wednesday, Churchill Downs track announcer Larry Collmus announced he will leave Churchill Downs to become track announcer for the New York Racing Association in 2015.

Collmus was just named track announcer at Churchill in April . Churchill Downs announced via Twitter earlier today that the search for Collmus’ successor is already underway and Collmus will return to announce for the September and fall meets. Collmus will replace outgoing NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin who will retire later this month after 43 years in broadcasting.

Churchill Downs’ John Asher issued the following statement to cn|2 Sports regarding Collmus’ departure:

“We’re disappointed that Larry Collmus will be leaving Churchill Downs at the end of the year, but we wish him the best in his new position with the New York Racing Association. Larry is a tremendous talent and we look forward to working with him in during our September and Fall Meets. Like our race-calling position at Churchill Downs, the NYRA post is one of the great announcing jobs in American racing, but the schedule at its three tracks offers a significantly larger number of racing days than the 70-or-so days of racing available each year at Churchill Downs. Our search for a new Churchill Downs announcer, who will be only the eighth person in track history to hold that job, is already underway. We’ll be looking for a talented individual who is a great fit for the Kentucky Derby, our track and a region that loves Thoroughbred racing like no other area of the country. We have no firm timetable for naming his successor, but that person would begin the new duties at the start of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Week and Spring Meet.”

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