Ehalt: Imbriale Steps Into NYRA Spotlight After Durkin’s Departure

by | 10.12.2014 | 4:00pm
John Imbriale

In a column for ESPN, Bob Ehalt compares the current situation regarding the changing of the guard in the New York announcing booth to legendary shortstop Derek Jeter's retirement. “If there's anyone in the New York City area who can relate to the pressures facing the next shortstop for the New York Yankees, it would have to be John Imbriale,” Ehalt writes.

Working for the New York Racing Association since 1979, John Imbriale has been the track's back-up announcer during Tom Durkin's tenure. But when Durkin retired at the end of the Saratoga meet this year, Imbriale stepped into his shoes and became the main announcer in New York, calling the races at Belmont and Aqueduct until Larry Collmus takes the job next spring.

“There are two things that Tom told me which stand out most,” said Imbriale. “He believed the race makes the call, not the other way around. In other words, don't embellish it into something it's not. He also told me to be my own caller and don't look to take his or someone else's phrases or their way of calling; become your own guy. I'm sure I've thrown in things I've heard him say, but I try to avoid the phrases he used. You appreciate what he's done and why even try to imitate it? I learned a lot from him, but tried to avoid picking up his style. Everyone has their own style.”

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