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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Larry Collmus On Cody And The Art Of The Race Call

William Mott, trainer of Cody’s Wish, with the two-time Breeders’ Cup winner’s namesake, Cody Dorman

Larry Collmus, the voice of the Breeders' Cup since 2012, tries to keep his own rooting interest out of his race calls. At this year's world championships at Santa Anita, however, Collmus made an exception to the rule.

“I try to stay impartial but not today,” he posted on the X social media channel prior to the Saturday card that kicked off the Breeders' Cup races with the Dirt Mile. “Let's go Cody's Wish!”

Collmus, who is back at Del Mar for the fourth year to call the races at the Bing Crosby autumn season, joins Ray Paulick and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills on this week's edition of the Friday Show to talk about the extraordinary saga of two-time Dirt Mile winner Cody's Wish and his namesake Cody Dorman, the 17-year-old who developed a special bond with the horse while battling a rare disease. The emotional tale ended sadly one day after the Breeders' Cup with the passing of Dorman, whose story captured the hearts of racing fans everywhere.

Collmus also discusses the challenges of calling the Breeders' Cup and the preparations that go into it, along with the interactions he has with the NBC on-air and production team, and the differences between announcing for an on-track crowd and a television audience that might not be as familiar with the sport.

He also shares some of the things he likes so much about Del Mar, where the Breeders' Cup championships will be held back-t0-back in 2024 and '25.

Watch this week's episode of The Friday Show below:

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