By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Costy Caras looked over the card for the next race before announcing it over the loudspeakers at the Charles Town Races Wednesday afternoon.
"I'm trying to break myself back in gently," Caras, 72, said. "I'm doing things like a first-timer."
For about 30 years, Caras has been the voice of the Charles Town Races as the track announcer.
"I tell you, it beats working for a living," Caras said with a wide smile.
He missed the end of racing last November when a triple bypass operation sidelined him.
The Jamaica, N.Y., native grew up around race tracks.
Caras worked for the Daily Racing Form in New York and then got a job as an assistant announcer. He moved to the Pimlico race track in Maryland, which then owned the Charles Town race track. He moved to Charles Town in 1962, working first in public relations before becoming the announcer.