They Call the Horses

Eleven Race Announcers at American Thoroughbred Tracks


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About the Book

In the Sport of Kings, races aren’t made just by the animals that run them, but by the voices that call them. This book covers 11 of the top racetrack announcers in the United States: Tom Durkin, Kurt Becker, Dave Rodman, Michael Wrona, Terry Wallace, Larry Collmus, John Dooley, Luke Kruytbosch, Dave Johnson, Robert Geller and Trevor Denman. Based on extensive interviews, each chapter is devoted to a single announcer, addressing details of his life in the profession. Included are additional insights and anecdotes provided by family members, trainers, jockeys, owners and other well-known individuals in the horse racing industry.

About the Author(s)

Retired teacher Edie Dickenson lives in Spring Creek, Nevada. Please visit her website at:

Bibliographic Details

Edie Dickenson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 222
Bibliographic Info: 41 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4769-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5576-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Michael Blowen      1

Preface      3

Introduction      5

1. Tom Durkin      9

2. Kurt Becker      25

3. Dave Rodman      38

4. Michael Wrona      57

5. Terry Wallace      75

6. Larry Collmus      88

7. John Dooley      102

8. Luke Kruytbosch      119

9. Dave Johnson      138

10. Robert Geller      156

11. Trevor Denman      172

Appendix      193

Interviews and Bibliography      203

Index      207