• Media Views: Nelson takes reigns from Scully as Fairmount's announcer
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Media Views: Nelson takes reigns from Scully as Fairmount's announcer

    If Keith Nelson follows the man he is replacing in terms of longevity, he will be calling the races at Fairmount Park well into his 80s. Nelson, who turns 55 next month, is taking over the track announcer’s job that John Scully had for 32 consecutive years before retiring following last season’s meet. Throw in a previous stint Scully had before leaving town for a couple seasons and he was the voice of St. Louis horse racing for 4½ decades. And Scully followed a couple other St. Louis track announcers who went on to great fame — Dave Johnson and later Tom Durkin. Both moved on to prominent East Coast tracks and became the TV voice of the Kentucky Derby and other Triple Crown races for years. Nelson

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    Oxley's rebuilt team back in Kentucky Derby

    Nicole Russo | Daily Racing Form John Oxley remembers his father gathering the family around a tiny radio in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla., to listen to Clem McCarthy's call of the 1946 Kentucky Derby, where Assault launched his successful quest for the Triple Crown. Eight years later, Oxley was in Louisville as the gray colt Determine won the spring classic. After methodically building a racing stable throughout his adulthood, Oxley won the second Kentucky Derby he ever entered, as the gray colt Monarchos carried his powder-blue and gold silks to victory. Easy game? Hardly. It took Oxley more than a decade after that to make it back to the Derby, and when he did, his operation had drastically

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    Russell Baze joins Mays, others in Bay Area Hall of Fame

    Question: Which name in the following list does not belong? Willie Mays, Bill Russell, Joe DiMaggio, Russell Baze. Answer: They all belong, right there in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Baze and his record 12,842 winners joined Mays, Russell, DiMaggio, and a host of other athletic icons with San Francisco connections last Monday night in a gala enshrinement banquet at the St. Francis Hotel. The event directly benefited youth sports programs in the region while drawing a spotlight on the depth and breadth of Northern California's impact on the national sports consciousness. Those inducted alongside Baze included local products Bill Cartwright, who went from the University of San Francisco to