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Really stupid call at the start though ...
He acted shocked and surprised that Zenyatta started in last 15 lengths back ... What the heck was that all about???
He's called enough of them to know her style.
Made me think he was just doing that for dramatic effect and for the national audience ...
Otherwise it makes NO sense ... He can't possibly be that obtuse can he?
I guess Mike Smith is obtuse too as he noted in the post race press conference that it was Zenyatta's worse start in her career. Seems Trevor might well knew of what he spoke.
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Where were you standing that you could actually hear his call? I was in the grandstand and it was rockin' like I've never heard.
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Sirius had the BC/ TVG feed on today all day and they replayed it and I listened to it a number of times with the TIVO feature on the radio on the commute to dinner. I have seen most of Zenyatta's races in person and I will tell you she looked slow and more sluggish out of the gate then in any start in the past. On Cal Racing if you watch the whole piece they mention this too. I think Trevor was dead on in noting it. I know many people who don't follow horse racing who tuned in because of Zenyatta so I thought the call was set up for the every day fans as well as people who don't really don't follow the sport.
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..all I can ever think of when Trevor calls is "and its...Mike Smith..on the lead... and here comes Joe Talamo.. Joe Talamo sitting dead last.. and its Mike Smith on the lead.. Joe Talamo still last.. Mike Smith pulling away from them.. and Joe Talamo is gaining ground..". I fell asleep the other night with that darn Jockey's season dvd on and I think its programed into my brain... ahhhhhhhhhh.
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Trevor must be omniscient too because he called Mike swinging to the outside before there was actually a move to do so. Bad form for a racecaller to say what he thinks is going to happen.
I think the only reason he let loose & showed some genuine emotion during the Classic was because Z blew him & the field away.
Otherwise he was his usual pedestrian self. Is there a single call of Trevor's that you can recall, that made the hair on your arms stand up, that brought tears to your eyes?
He has no "...and Sunday Silence holds on!!!" in his repertoire.
The crowds in the stands were rocking & rolling all right, but it wasn't due to Trevor's call. For that race no call was even necessary.
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You guys are a pretty tough crowd.
I thought Trevor had a flawless weekend, and commented to him on Sunday about the fine work he did on Saturday. I guess we could always get that guy from Keeneland to do it next time it's at SA.
As a gambler (which I realize you are not), Trevor is the best there is. To you his calls are pedestrian, yet to me as a gambler he succinctly calls their places in a race. Which to me is part of the racing \ gambling equation. He and Wrona perform admirable jobs from this perspective. I understand you have different criteria for an announcer. He has none of those superlatives you require of an announcer. And yet IMHO he is the best there ever was for calling a race, whether a G1 or 25CLM.
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You have to remember that a large percentage of that crowd were casual racing fans and not quite as familar with her running style as you and I.
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