Track announcer Travis Stone, who for the last three years has shared announcing duties at Aqueduct through the winter with John Imbriale, has decided not to return to the New York Racing Association this year.
Stone, who is the regular announcer at Churchill Downs, told the Daily Racing Form that he was growing tired of moving so often.
“When I got back from Aqueduct this spring, I felt like I was burned out from moving around,” Stone told the Form earlier this week.
“I thought by the end of summer I'd feel better about it. But as summer wound down, I really didn't feel better about it. I sought the advice of friends and ultimately decided to take a break from moving around every few months.”
The New York Racing Association employs three announcers – Larry Collmus, Imbriale and Stone. Collmus handles April through October, Imbriale is full time in November, then Imbriale and Stone split duties through the winter. Stone also has set the morning line at Saratoga the past two years.
David O'Rourke, NYRA's vice president and chief revenue officer, told the DRF that the organization would “explore all our options” regarding the hiring of a winter announcer and a Saratoga morning linemaker.
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