Del Mar track announcer Trevor Denman will miss fall meet – Press Enterprise

Del Mar track announcer Trevor Denman will miss fall meet – Press Enterprise

Good news for Trevor Denman fans: The iconic track announcer has no desire to retire anytime soon despite the fact he’s been missing from the Del Mar announcer’s booth the entire year.

Denman, 68, has been home at his 500-acre farm in Minnesota out of concerns for COVID-19. He missed his first summer meet this year since taking over for Harry Henson in 1984, and he’ll be absent again beginning Saturday when Del Mar kicks off its seventh fall meet with substitute announcer Larry Collmus in the booth.

But hold no fears. Denman misses Del Mar and he’s looking forward to returning for the 2021 summer meet.

“You can never judge, but I’ve got between five, 10 years (of work left), and even more,” Denman said during a Friday phone interview. “I’m not ready to just throw in the towel right now and stay here. I love the farm, but I’m here for nine months of the year, and (Del Mar) actually gives you something to look forward to. You think, ‘OK, come July we’re going back to San Diego.’”

In the meantime, he spends his days near Kellogg, a small town of about 450 in southern Minnesota. As he says, “We are very, very, very remote. I cannot see a living farm house. I can see some barns a couple of miles away, but that’s it. I cannot actually see a farm house at all. We got so lucky to find it and we’re so happy to be here.”

But living on a large farm that includes a driveway that’s one mile long doesn’t make Denman immune from the coronavirus. He and his wife very rarely interact with the general population, but he’s also not living in a bubble.

“I’ve got to go get gas, I’ve gotta go get supplies once every two weeks, so I’m not immune to it, but the chances of getting it out here is as close to zero as you’re going to get,” he said.

It was out of extreme caution that Denman made the decision to skip Del Mar’s summer meet. He thought he’d be coming back for the fall meet, but he didn’t want to take a chance while COVID-19 was still thriving.

“The thought of going to San Diego with that epidemic on was just too frightening,” he said. “I told Joe Harper (Del Mar CEO), ‘Can you just imagine if my wife Robin caught it and something happened to her?’ You couldn’t live with that. If you get a heart attack or a semi hits you on the freeway, hey, that’s part of living. But this virus, if you don’t have to go into it, why would you?”