Courtesy of Becky Johnston
By putting an emphasis on Zenyatta throughout the race, Trevor Denman made a perfect pairing of a memorable call with a race that will stand the test of time. Here is what I heard of Trevor Denman's call:
Something about the others.
"Zenyatta is dead last, dead last early."
yadda-yadda about the others
"And Zenyatta is dead last, Zenyatta last, got to be giving them about 10-11 lengths start"
"Now here's Zenyatta, Zenyatta is still a good 10-11 lengths off the leader."
More about the others
"And now here is Zenyatta and let's see, Zenyatta has a lot, a LOT of ground to make up. Zenyatta if she wins this she'll be a super horse. She's starting to pick them off though. Zenyatta is going to hook to the outside."
Enough about the others already.
"ZENYATTA HAS COME TO THE OUTSIDE. ZENYATTA COMING FLYING ON THE GRANDSTAND SIDE.
This is UN-BE-LIEV-ABLE.......ZENYATTA. What a performance. One we will never forget. Looked impossible, but it is Zenyatta. Still unbeaten under Mike Smith.
What a dramatic performance. One of the most sensational ever. Zenyatta wins the Breeders' Cup Classic."
No disrespect intended to the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, Arlington Million, Champion Stakes, Pacific Classic, Travers, Sussex Stakes, Super Derby, Hawthorne Gold Cup, Santa Anita Handicap, Jerome winners, but on this day, I had selective hearing.
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