Larry Collmus, a 22-year veteran track announcer, will be calling the races this winter at the Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino.Collmus has been the track announcer at Suffolk Downs since 1992 and at Monmouth since 1994. He has also called the last two winter meets at Aqueduct. Collmus replaces Vic Stauffer.The 40-year-old Baltimore native was only 18 when Chick Lang Sr. gave him a job as the back-up track announcer in Maryland. His first full-time announcer's job, at Birmingham Race Course in Alabama, came when he was 20.
"I'm very excited about becoming part of the Gulfstream Park team," Collmus said. "The opportunity to call the outstanding races that Gulfstream offers is an announcer's dream. It's something I'm very much looking forward to."Earlier in his career he was the announcer at Golden Gate Fields from 1988-91 and the Northern California fairs at Vallejo and Santa Rosa as well as the Bay Meadows Fair from1990-93. Gulfstream Park's 2007 meeting begins Jan. 3.