Larry Collmus, NBC’s voice of the Triple Crown as well the regular announcer at Gulfstream and Monmouth Park, will be the voice of the $1 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 14.
A native of Ellicott City, Md., Collmus will return to a track he made frequent visits to as a teenager.
“I'm very excited about calling the Charles Town Classic,” said Collmus. “Not only has it become one of the premier races for older horses in American racing, but it has special meaning for me. I've been coming to Charles Town as a fan since I was a teenager and to see it host such a tremendous event and to actually call it is a real thrill for me.”
Collmus, who got his start calling races as an 18-year-old at Bowie Racecourse in 1985, has had stops at Birmingham, Golden Gate Fields, Bay Meadows, and Suffolk Downs in addition to his current roles at Gulfstream and Monmouth. In 2011, Collmus was tabbed by NBC to replace Tom Durkin in calling the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes on its network.
Charles Town’s regular track announcer Jeff Cernik will call the first six races on the card, with Collmus calling the final seven.
The Charles Town Classic day card can be seen live on both TVG and HRTV, as well as on the Horse Racing Radio Network. Post time for the first race on Charles Town Classic day is 5 p.m. EST with the feature scheduled for 10:30 p.m.