EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Despite battling a brain tumor, Larry Lederman was on the microphone at the Meadowlands on Dec. 6 as the track kicked off its “Borrow Ken’s Binoculars” Thursdays as guest announcer.

It was a great night for Lederman – and for the fans who love his style – given the fact that he has been battling a brain tumor for some time now. He had surgery several months ago to remove most of the mass.

“Post time should be within the hour,” Lederman cracked as a horse reported to the paddock for equipment repair after there had been a recall before the second race. During the eighth race, Lederman asked: “Do the Mets really need Robinson Cano?” Lederman’s never been one to follow the track announcer handbook.

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Lederman was the first of what are scheduled to be four different announcers to call the Big M races on Thursdays during December, and he did not disappoint the masses as the response to hearing him call was overwhelmingly positive on social media.

“It was nice to hear Larry in the booth,” said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, who will call the races on Dec. 13. “Through all of Larry’s health issues and his daughter passing away this year, he has never lost his passion for race calling or his enthusiasm. The industry loves Larry’s race calling and Larry loves the industry.”

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