Longtime Vernon Downs announcer calls last horse race

For the last 50 years, Jim Moran has been calling horse races at Vernon Downs. But on Friday night, he called his last race as he gets ready to settle into retirement.

"It's been a great career," said Moran. "The fans have been wonderful. The people I've worked with and for have been great. I have no regrets. It's just been a great experience."

Moran said he has been happy to work at Vernon Downs for the past five decades. "I've got a thrill out of doing the work that I do," said Moran. "You know, if you can find a job that you like, that's half the battle. And I've certainly loved it here. It's been a labor of love for the past 52 years."

Even though Moran will no longer be working at Vernon Downs, he said he will still be visiting the racetrack this summer. "I jog by here every morning," said Moran. "I live about a mile and half from the racetrack. So, I'll have Vernon Downs on my mind for a long time to come, and I'll come back to see the great racing that we have this summer, for sure."

Fans, however, say the racetrack will not be the same without him.

"My dad drove here back in the early 50s and I was just a young one, so I've heard him for years," said Sue Wall Mattis. "It's just like music. That voice, it's just like music."

During his retirement, Moran said he plans to spend more time with his wife of 49 years and their children.