After more than three decades as the voice of Parx Racing, announcer Keith Jones will be stepping away from the microphone at the end of the year. Since 1987, Jones has been the voice of Philadelphia Park/Parx, making him the second longest tenured announcer after Tampa Bay Downs' Richard Grunder. Jones began his career at Garden State Park before moving permanently to Philadelphia Park.
“I'll be forever grateful to the management at Greenwood for affording me an opportunity to pursue a career doing something I've thoroughly enjoyed,” said Jones. “As much pleasure as I've gotten from calling the races, what I'll always treasure most are the relationships–the friendships–that have been so rewarding over the past 34 years. From fellow staff to the many members of our PTHA to our passionate and supportive racing fans, I've had the good fortune to cross paths with an amazing group of people. This track, this job, these people–have been my professional life for a long time and I will miss all of it.”
“The voice of Keith Jones more than any single entity is synonymous with Parx Racing,” said Joe Wilson, Parx Racing's COO. “He has always called the races with a dignity and professionalism worthy of the sport. It's hard to imagine someone else calling the Pennsylvania Derby or the Cotillion or even a Tuesday afternoon claiming race.”