The Brock Talk

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Meet The Pimlico Track Announcer

I first met Dave Rodman in 1982 at the old Jefferson Downs near New Orleans. It was my first full time job in racing, working as a racing official, and Dave was in his first full season of calling races. We later worked for four years together at Louisiana Downs before Dave became the track announcer at Pimlico and Laurel Race Courses near Baltimore. I still have his handwritten recipe for Red Beans and Rice which is as good as Red Beans gets.

It's a shame that the networks bring in Tom Durkin to call the race for television while Rodman calls the race live. It's been one of my pet peaves about horse racing television coverage for years. Durkin is great, but listening to Rodman call races is like walking into a theatre nine or ten times a day without any idea what show is playing - and walking out with a smile after every performance.

From the official Preakness website at Read more about Dave Rodman by clicking the link under "Other Horse Racing Links."

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