- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Churchill Downs has a new track announcer, who will be the voice of the Kentucky Derby.

The track announced Friday he is Travis Stone, who was race caller at Monmouth Park in 2014 and backup announcer at New York Racing Association this winter.

Stone succeeds Larry Collmus, who left after a year to call races at NYRA. Collmus will continue to call the Kentucky Derby for NBC.

Stone, who grew up spending summers at Saratoga Race Course in New York, says he’s “counting the days” until he begins announcing at Churchill.

Stone becomes the eighth announcer in Churchill’s history, following Gene Schmidt, from 1940 to 1960; Chic Anderson, from 1961 to 1977; Mike Battaglia, from 1978 to 1996; Kurt Becker, from 1997 to 1998; Luke Kruytbosch (KRITE’-boss) from 1999 to 2008; Mark Johnson from 2009 to 2013; and Collmus in 2014.

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