06/29/2016 11:40AM

Collmus steps down from Gulfstream announcing job

Maryland Jockey Club
Larry Collmus will still be the voice of NYRA for seven months of the year, as well as the voice of the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup.

Larry Collmus has stepped down as the wintertime racetrack announcer at Gulfstream Park. No replacement has been named.

Collmus, 49, who began calling the races at Gulfstream in January 2007, cited the desire to lessen his workload, which includes calling races at the New York Racing Association tracks – Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga – seven months of the year as well as being the voice of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup. Collmus informed Gulfstream Park management of his decision Wednesday morning.

“I will not be returning as the announcer for the winter meet at Gulfstream,” Collmus said. “It’s been a good 10 years, but I feel at this time of my career that it’s in my best interests to cut back my schedule. I’ll be 50 years old in October, and the wear and tear of nearly year-round race-calling will catch up to my body and brain eventually.

“A winter break will boost my energy levels and give me an opportunity to keep the creative juices flowing. I am extremely fortunate to work for the NYRA and for NBC Sports, and I think I owe it to them to be the best I can be for many years to come.”

Pete Aiello calls the races at Gulfstream from early April through November. Though Gulfstream officials said Wednesday that no decision has been made on Collmus’s replacement, it is expected that Aiello will be offered the wintertime position. Last winter, Aiello called the races at Oaklawn Park, which means that track could need an announcer for the 2017 meet.

In a statement, Gulfstream Park president and general manager P.J. Campo said: “We totally understand where Larry is coming from. He’s under tremendous stress each day with everything he’s doing, and Larry is a perfectionist. We appreciate everything Larry has done for Gulfstream. He’s been a true professional and a great friend to Gulfstream. We wish him all the best moving forward.”

Collmus, who has called races at a plethora of tracks starting in 1985, said he worked at Gulfstream on a year-to-year oral contract. In the summer of 2014, Collmus signed a five-year contract to call the races at NYRA, taking over for the retiring Tom Durkin.

In April 2015, Collmus began his NYRA duties. He calls the races at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga from April through October.

Asked if he planned to pick up any more work from NYRA, Collmus said, “At this point, nothing changes with my NYRA schedule.”

From November to March, John Imbriale and Travis Stone split the race-calling job at NYRA.

graphicman More than 1 year ago
Pete Aiello's calls are annoying at best - wish they would get someone else -  Collmus made a gaff in the Preakness or Belmont call but he is hands down the best announcer in the business -  sorely missed at Monmouth where he replaced the great Bob Weems -  this was probably pressure from NBC or NYRA  - not his health - announcers love to call races!!
Jon Miller More than 1 year ago
I would like to see Michael Chamberlain get a chance if he is available. I know he is calling at Evangeline right now. Don't know if they would allow him to skip the quarter horse meet to call the championship meet at Gulfstream.
Mikeb1961sports More than 1 year ago
I'm sure Frank the Mirror Man who lost the tryout at SA will openly campaign for this. He quit OP, rolled the dice and crapped out. But Dave Rodman from PIM/LRL is excellent and has tons of energy, and I wonder if he'll consider/be considered
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
yeah i think this is a good thing, larry is doing too much and he has missed several key moments in big races... im sure nbc give him ultimatum, it should be a good thing, because larry is a good announcer, still miss him at monmouth 
curtis1440clark More than 1 year ago
So will the Wood Memorial 

Laura More than 1 year ago
how about the guy who got pushed out when Calder was squeezed out of racing by CDI, Bobby Neuman?
Jerry Andrews More than 1 year ago
Working in another field now
Darrell Peck More than 1 year ago
Wow he's going to be 50, are you kidding me.  He must be having other issues with his health.  They mentioned the stress of calling a race, say what.  calling maybe up to 10 races that last 1 to 2 minutes with 25 minutes between races, that's stress?  If I had the voice I do it 6 days a week doing double headers with harness at night..  At home I rarely turn on the volume I just wish the video at these tracks would get better by putting a slo-mo video camera on the finish line.  With the angles that every track has in there cameras I have to wait for the photo before I know who placed where.
Mikeb1961sports More than 1 year ago
Phil Georgeff from Chicago "Here they come...Spinning out of the turn!" called something like 100,000 races, runners and buggies. They don't make em like that anymore 
Darrell Peck More than 1 year ago
I sure don't remember him talking about stress   
Frank More than 1 year ago
Larry is one of the best in the business currently.

i think Gulfstream should get the Arlington announcer - the great John G. Dooley!
Steve Reed More than 1 year ago
What about Richard Grunder the longtime Tampa Bay Downs Announcer.
Mikeb1961sports More than 1 year ago
Stronach will probably go with someone younger
Chuck Berger More than 1 year ago
Not Grunder......terrible
dave More than 1 year ago
Please NO ridiculous Australian accent voice
slewofdamascus More than 1 year ago

Chuck Berger More than 1 year ago
I agree!!!
Sheldon Glass More than 1 year ago
Hoping Peter Aiello gets the job....