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Joker Finds Calling Races Ain't That Funny

Tuesday, 29th October 2013

US late night talk-show host Conan O'Brien discovered that commentating on a horse race is not as easy as it may appear when bumbling his way through a race call at Santa Anita last Friday, reports newsday.com. The comic took over from veteran caller Trevor Denman for the second race on the card with predictably humorous results. At one point during the call he announced to the crowd, "The jockeys' bottoms are in the air, which is the way that jockeys ride horses. Bottoms high, that's the way to go, boys." O'Brien said he had prepared by memorizing the numbers on the horses' saddle cloths but was told by Denman only minutes before the race that isn't how it's done. "I had to completely forget everything," O'Brien said. "It's like being told seconds before the SAT that it's going to be in German. I was horrified." O'Brien also got thrown when told that his call would be broadcast to overseas tracks, including Britain. "We've angered them again," he joked. "They're already mad about the NSA (National Security Agency) and now they're mad about this." O'Brien admitted that he was confused when trying to identify the horses by the colour of the jockeys' silks or "costumes," as he called them. He also described the barriers as "the white thing."

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