Collmus to call Triple Crown races for NBC

Apr 30 2011 - 9:23pm

NEW YORK -- Monmouth and Gulfstream Park announcer Larry Collmus is the new voice of racing's Triple Crown.

Collmus will call the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes for NBC. He replaces Tom Durkin, who opted not to re-sign with the network, citing health concerns.

Collmus has been calling races for more than 25 years, getting his start at Bowie Race Course in 1985 at age 18. He is part of NBC's revamped Triple Crown lineup.

The network will offer 14 hours of Derby coverage on NBC and Versus leading up to the Run for the Roses on May 7. Laffit Pincay III, son of Hall of Fame rider Laffit Pincay Jr., as well as Randy Moss and Jay Privman will help anchor the coverage on Versus.

The beefed up Derby coverage is part of 27 hours of programming spread across NBC and Versus for the three Triple Crown races.

Bob Costas will anchor the network's coverage on race days and will be joined by commentator Tom Hammond, three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Gary Stevens, analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier, reporter Kenny Rice and on-track reporter Donna Brothers.

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