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HRN's Travis Stone Named Monmouth Park Track Announcer

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Monmouth Park has announced that Travis Stone will become its new track announcer when the 2014 meet begins on Saturday, May 10. Stone is one of the co-founders of Horse Racing Nation and Derby Wars. Most recently, the announcer at Louisiana Downs, Stone replaces Larry Collmus who served as the voice of Monmouth Park since 1994.

“We’re excited to have Travis join the Monmouth Park team,” said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park Racetrack.  “He’s a talented race caller with passion and intelligence for the game. He will fit in perfectly with Monmouth, and we look forward to his exciting race calls this summer and for many years to come.”
Following his first live race call at Suffolk Downs in 2005, Stone has called at Churchill Downs, Calder, Golden Gate Fields, Lone Star Park and Sam Houston.  In 2007, Stone called a race at Monmouth Park as part of All-Star Announcer Day.
Stone, a 30-year-old graduate of State University of New York at Oneonta and the Missouri Auction School, was named track announcer at Louisiana Downs in 2006, a year after working as a TV analyst at Gulfstream Park during the 2005 season.  
“I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to call at a racetrack with the illustrious history and tradition of Monmouth Park,” Stone said. “I’m eagerly awaiting opening day and look forward to sharing my passion for the game with the New Jersey racing community.”


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Best young announcer in the business! Congratulations Travis.
Nice gig Travis - Good Luck and have fun with it!!
Congratulations Travis Stone.I have enjoyed your race calling immensely. Looking forward to hearing your exciting calls at Monmouth Park.
Congratulations Travis, nice gig! I'm sure you're Sullivans #6 with a bullet :D
Vic Stauffer always misses horses, but he can get some thrilling calls in when he needs to (ie Zenyatta). I have a kind feeling for our T D Thornton, whose "and they're off in the --- at suffolk!" is one of my favorite lines in racing. Terry Spargo, who calls at Meydan, is also very talented. If I had to rank them (no Japanese, French or German of course), I would say: #1 Kurt Becker / #2 Trevor Denman / #3 Terry Spargo / #4 Richard Hoynes / #5 Roger Huston
he is only granted as worst because the caller at my old standarcbred track is not working. He was number one by a country mile
informationally the guy at the Fair Grounds.Arlington is good as is the fellow at Gulfstream. WOrst caller out there is at The Meadows standardbred course. Singy songy crap from the 50's
Yes Goblin
The only good part about Larry Colmus's calling is Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrb. Best announcer right now is Keeneland's Kurt Becker. Great voice, clear, precise, correct, and gets the hair on the back of your neck to stand up. Trevor is nice, personally I could do without Durkin.
jmac, Are you asking about Vic Stauffer? As of 2/14, he was/is a California state steward. If you look at this interview, and comments on his twitter, he would like to race call but does not want to travel; wants to live in California. http://jasonbeem.com/tag/vic-stauffer/
Vic ,who was the announcer that got axed via Email?
off track activities would not create much support.
I liked him lol
ever wonder why that guy was fired in an e-mail? Never met with this employers and got the news that way??
to the unemployment line
Where did Hollywood Parks announcer go?
plus he is calling a markedly INFERIOR product
hardly.......Trevor has too many of his trevorisms to my liking, always has had them
Vic not only on top. But if you compared the competition to Triple Crown History. Trevor is Secreteriatesque in the stretch. Tons the best by daylight. Durkin is and always was to much of a Drama Queen. Looking to put drama into every race call. He gets so caught up in it,he usually neglects half the field. Listen to Trevor call a race,he picks up horses making moves when not visible on the screen. Durkin on the other hand ,always seems surprised when it is to late and they are picking up horses in the stretch.As far as Collmus and CD with Mark Johnson.They just replaced one boring race caller with another boring race caller. The only difference is that the new guy is more high profile.
Congratulations to both Travis and Monmouth Park!

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In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
Today’s electronic age makes it so easy to gather information about racing.  I hope you use this blog to learn about Racing at the Jersey Shore.


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