Gulfstream's Collmus Set To Call Historic Moment
Gulstream Park track announcer Larry Collmus is well aware of the fact that he could be supplying the soundtrack to history Saturday afternoon as the 'Voice of the Triple Crown' for NBC and its coverage of the Belmont Stakes.
For Collmus, Gulfstream's popular announcer since 2007, there's a combination of excitement and nervousness as he approaches the 1 1/2 mile Belmont and I'll Have Another's attempt at becoming the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win racing's Holy Grail.
"It's been a fun ride, and I've really enjoyed it," said Collmus last week as he attended Suffolk Down's opening day. "It's the first time for me, calling a horse that’s going for the Triple Crown, so there's a combination of excitement and anxiousness. Hopefully, it's all going to go well."
Collmus, who served as track announcer at Suffolk Downs from 1992-2008 and spends the summer calling races at Monmouth Park, was heading to Belmont Wednesday to practice calling races from his vantage point for NBC.
"I want to soak up the moment because it's something that doesn't happen very often," Collmus said. "A lot of people have said to me, 'You realize if the horse wins your call will be listened to for decades to come?' I realize the significance of the race. But you have to remember it's one of 50,000 races I've called. I don't want to psych myself out.”