Veteran racecaller Tony Calo will be at the mic when the Kentucky racing circuit returns to Turfway Park in Florence Wednesday, Nov. 29.
A California native, Calo–best known for his growling 'and there they go' at the break–began his career at Arapahoe Park in Colorado, returning to the Golden State one year later to describe the action at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields. Calo has been the track announcer for the last 15 years at Finger Lakes in upstate New York. He takes over from Jimmy McNerney, who will continue in his role as jockey agent.
Calo spent time in the Turfway announcer's booth just last winter when McNerney was recovering from neck surgery.
“I'm very honored and thankful to everyone at Turfway Park and Churchill Downs Incorporated for offering me this position,” Calo said. “Turfway has a storied history in Northern Kentucky and is quickly rising to one of the top tracks during the winter season.”
The annual highlight of the Turfway racing season is the GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks in March.