Keeneland Track Announcer Becker Positive For COVID-19

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Kurt Becker, pictured with American Pharoah, whom he called to victory in the 2015 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland | Coady

Keeneland track announcer Kurt Becker has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the final day of the track’s fall meet Saturday, according to a statement from the track. Churchill Downs’s Travis Stone will replace Becker in the booth Saturday.

According to the Keeneland release, Becker is experiencing only mild symptoms and is resting at home.

“We look forward to his speedy recovery and to welcoming him back for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Nov. 6-7,” the release says.

Becker became the first (and only) announcer in the history of Keeneland in 1997 and is also an integral part of Keeneland’s sales team, having worked for several years as a sales announcer.

 

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