The Funniest Horse Race Ever
Announcer Larry Collmus Calls Race of a Lifetime
August 22, 2010, Oceanport, New Jersey: It was a fine Sunday afternoon, the seventh race at Monmouth Park Racetrack.
Suddenly, announcer Larry Collmus had a tongue twister of a race and a chance for 15 minutes of fame as a viral video star. He did not disappoint.
The call for this horse race sounds like a famous Spike Jones skit... but it was real!
Guess which horse was trained by a woman, and which by a man.Photo Credit: Tambako @ Flickr, Creative Commons.
My Wife Knows Everything vs. The Wife Doesn't Know - Viral Horse Racing Video
Are These Horses For Real?
A Little More Information on the Famous Horses
In fact, they are. Two different owners, two different trainers, two different pedigrees. The horses' registered names are actually mywifeknowseverything and thewifedoesntknow. Mywifeknowseverything has a fairly tame pedigree of Najran and Rose Jade, but thewifedoesntknow has a slightly tongue-in-cheek pedigree as well: Golden Missile and aheadnotatail. (Guess which is the stud.)
"We like the fact that My Wife Knows Everything, or at least in this instance, knew everything!" -- mywifeknowseverything's owner Michael Giorgio
"It's the truth! That's what it comes down to. What wife doesn't know everything? I was the underdog. I had no chance to beat that one!" -- thewifedoesntknow's owner Edwin Broome
- Adam's Turf Blog, including video of an interview with announcer Larry Collmus
- Bloodhorse.com's article on "wife race" with info gleaned from Monmouth Park press release and various news outlet, including horses' jockeys, trainers.
- Owner of mywifeknowseverything discovered in article covering race by National Thoroughbred Association
- And finally, the summary of an interview on Inside Edition, featuring sound bites from the announcer and both owners.
The Full Version of "The William Tell Overture" - Spike Jone's famous "Beetlebomb" horse race
I have no idea who the crazy old coot is providing interpretive dance, but more power to him.
(The "race" starts at 1:00 if you want to skip the typical Spike Jones introduction.)
© 2010 Ellen Brundige