Track Announcer Keith Jones retires from Parx Racing after 34 years

“There’s also a lot of excitement and anticipation about what lies ahead and I say thank you to everyone who has shared the journey with me,” Jones said.

Longtime Parx Racing booth announcer Keith Jones has officially retired after 34 years calling horse races at the track in Bensalem.

Jones began his announcing career as an assistant at Garden State Park before taking on full-time duties at the former Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino in 1987. His 34-year tenure is the second-longest, behind only Tampa Bay Downs’ announcer Richard Grunder.

“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,” Jones said in a statement earlier this month. “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.”

Jones plans to relocate to Texas with his wife, Kelly.

Over his 34-year tenure, Jones called more than 60,000 races and 32 Pennsylvania Derbies…

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