TVG will introduce two faces familiar to horse racing fans both here and abroad to its broadcast team this summer, the network announced on June 10. Larry Collmus, best known as the voice of the Triple Crown on NBC, will join the TVG broadcast team for select days at Monmouth Park, and NBC Sports broadcast personality and international racing expert Nick Luck, a staple of horse racing coverage in both the UK and US, will be part of the TVG’s special coverage of the iconic Royal Ascot meet from June 15 through June 18.
“We are very excited to have both Larry and Nick join our talent roster this summer,” said Kevin Grigsby, executive producer and senior vice president of television for FanDuel Group and TVG. “Both bring considerable experience, knowledge and local insight that will resonate with our audience.”
Collmus, a resident of the New Jersey shore and the Monmouth Park track announcer from 1994 to 2013, will co-host with Joaquin Jaime and Dave Weaver live from the TVG set trackside at Monmouth Park to provide perspective, analysis and insights on select days throughout the meet beginning with this weekend’s coverage highlighted by the TVG.com Pegasus Stakes on Sunday. The race, the major prep for the Haskell Invitational (G1), is expected to draw Mandaloun, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby for trainer Brad Cox.
In addition to his time at Monmouth Park, Collmus has been the track announcer at major tracks across the country including the NYRA circuit, Gulfstream Park and Del Mar, and has worked as the race caller for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Triple Crown since 2011 and the Breeders’ Cup since 2012.
TVG’s special coverage of every race from the Royal Ascot meeting will begin on June 15 at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT. TVG’s Scott Hazelton will anchor the week-long Royal Ascot coverage from the Los Angeles studio, and Luck will be joining international racing expert Jess Stafford with live, on-site coverage featuring exclusive interviews, analysis and selections.
The Royal Ascot meeting will feature four Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge races which will earn the winner an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup which will be held at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6. The races are the Queen Anne Stakes (FanDuel Mile), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Longines Turf), Norfolk Stakes (Juvenile Turf) and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Turf Sprint).
Luck is an eight-time horse racing broadcaster of the year in the UK who has covered every major racing event in his native England, including the Epsom Derby, the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National. He first joined ESPN in 2006 as part of the broadcast team for the Breeders’ Cup and has been part of the Breeders’ Cup coverage on NBC since 2012.