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I saw someone else had similar thoughts as me, but I thought this topic was worthy of its own thread. Simply, Terry Wallace's call today of the Apple Blossom was one of the worst I have ever heard.
**Disclaimer, I'm not saying I can be a race caller as it is a very tough and demanding job to do with accuracy,flair and enjoyment, I'm just venting about this clown
Anyway, todays call of Zenyatta turning for home was so corny, pre planned and unenjoyable. This guy is a joke and today he proved it. I have always thought he was one of the 2 or 3 worst of the A & B level tracks.
I have to agree. He has always annoyed me because it seems he only calls the first three or four when they break then he waits a few then he says " and their coming into the stretch" then he calls the first three or four and that is it. Also there is always a long break between each call, I guess that it so he doesn't have to say anything. Also, he messes up the names a lot. I am not a professional race caller or anything, but I know what I like and he is not it. I love Trevor and John Dooley and Michael Wrona, they make the calls that flow with the race, also I like Frank Mirahmadi(spelling?) they all make it fun.
Agree 100% with you..After race went to gym and while I was there the entire time i was thinking what a horrible race call...completely pre planned. I cant tell if top guys like Denman and Durkan plan out their calls for the big name horses, but if they do at least it comes across natural in the context of the race. This call was a disgrace at Oaklawn today, its a plane, its a train, its Zenyatta. Yikes that was bad.
Last edited by PeteMo on Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Race calling certainly is a matter of taste. But as someone who is not Zenyatta's number 1 fan, even I think she deserved a more professional call. We all knew the likelyhood of her running over these was really high...but, the pre planned line was just too much.
BTW, I wasn't a fan of the Ark. Derby call today either, but no need to beat the topic to death.
Yep, the New Madrid Fault Line. I was thinking about that when his name was being called today. The New Madrid Fault Line produced was of the worst earthquakes in the U.S. in history. It changed the course of the Mississippi River.
THE HIGHEST EARTHQUAKE RISK in the UNITED STATES outside the West Coast is along the New Madrid Fault. Damaging tremors are not as frequent as in California, but when they occur, the destruction covers over more than 20 times the area because of underlying geology.
THE GREAT NEW MADRID EARTHQUAKE OF 1811-1812 was actually a series of over 2000 shocks in five months, five of which were 8.0 or more in magnitude. Eighteen of these rang church bells on the Eastern seaboard. The very land itself was destroyed in the Missouri Bootheel, making it unfit even for farmers for many years. It was the largest burst of seismic energy east of the Rocky Mountains in the history of the United States and was several times larger than the San Francisco quake of 1906.
http://www.scchealth.org/docs/ems/docs/ ... adrid.html
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