Announcing prospects Thomas Kearney and John Piassek will visit Monmouth Park next weekend and join track announcer Travis Stone to call a race in the booth. When the worldwide search began for a new Monmouth Park track announcer over the winter, both Kearney and Piassek were submissions. Although the more experienced Stone was chosen to fill the shoes of long-time track announcer Larry Collmus, their promise earned them the chance of a lifetime.
“It's always hard to break in to the horseracing industry,” said Stone. “Opportunities like this are exciting for everyone and I'm looking forward to spending some time with these future announcers and calling some races.”
Piassek, who will call his first live race over the speakers on Sunday, has worked hard practicing his skills, and is looking forward to be heard this weekend.
“I'm very grateful for the chance and I thank Monmouth Park for this great opportunity,” said Piassek, an 18-year-old high school student. “I've been calling races off my TV and computer. Sometimes I go to the track and sit in the Grandstand with my binoculars and call from there. I've just been continuing to work on the craft.”
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with the first race set for 12:50 p.m. on both Saturday, when Kearney will make his announcing debut and Sunday for Piassek's first call.
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