The Voice of the Kentucky Derby
A Glass of Bourbon and a Conversation with Larry Collmus
When it comes to horse racing, Larry Collmus is a legend. Known as the voice of the Kentucky Derby, Collmus has been calling races for over 30 years. But when he’s not behind the microphone, he’s just a regular guy who enjoys a good bourbon and a great conversation.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Collmus at a local bar in Kentucky, where we chatted about everything from horse racing to his favorite bourbons.
The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports
Collmus has been calling the Kentucky Derby since 2011, and he takes the responsibility seriously. “It’s the greatest two minutes in sports,” he says. “I want to make sure I capture every moment for the fans at home.”
When asked about his favorite Derby moment, Collmus doesn’t hesitate. “The 2015 Derby, when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown,” he says. “It was an incredible moment for horse racing and for me as a caller.”
From Maryland to Churchill Downs
Collmus grew up in Maryland, where he fell in love with horse racing at a young age. He started calling races at small tracks in the area before landing a job at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
In 2011, he was chosen to replace Tom Durkin as the caller for the Kentucky Derby, and the rest is history.
A Glass of Bourbon
As we chat, Collmus sips on a glass of bourbon – his drink of choice. “I love bourbon because it’s smooth and flavorful,” he says. “It’s the perfect drink to enjoy after a long day at the track.”
When asked about his favorite bourbons, Collmus mentions Woodford Reserve and Maker’s Mark. “They’re both excellent bourbons,” he says. “But honestly, I’ll drink whatever you put in front of me.”
A Passion for Horse Racing
Collmus’s passion for horse racing is evident in every call he makes. He takes pride in knowing that he’s a part of a sport that brings people together and creates lifelong memories.
“Whether you’re a seasoned horse racing fan or a first-time bettor, there’s something special about the Kentucky Derby,” he says. “It’s an event that brings people from all over the world together to celebrate the sport we love.”
As our conversation comes to a close, Collmus takes one final sip of his bourbon and smiles. “I feel lucky to do what I do,” he says. “I love horse racing, and I hope I can continue calling races for many years to come.”
The End of a Great Conversation
As we say our goodbyes, I’m struck by Collmus’s humility and passion for his craft. He may be the voice of the Kentucky Derby, but to those who know him, he’s just Larry – a guy who loves a good drink and a great conversation.
As I walk out of the bar, I can’t help but think about the passion and dedication it takes to be the best at what you do. And as long as Larry Collmus is calling races, horse racing fans everywhere can rest assured that they’re in good hands.