(Edited Monmouth Park press release)
During the stretch of the seventh race at New Jersey's Monmouth Park Aug. 22, track announcer Larry Collmus found himself in the middle of a spousal argument and described the action this way: “Mywifenosevrything. Thewifedoesntknow. They’re one-two. Of course they are!” (VIDEO)
In the end, it was Mywifenosevrything in front, and Collmus’ call of the race has since become a national phenomenon and a viral sensation on YouTube.
ESPN’s “Sportscenter” made the “wife” call the third best play of the day in its "Top Ten" plays Aug. 23. Collmus’s call has since been seen on national broadcasts of “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” and “World News with Diane Sawyer,” and has garnered worldwide interest from media outlets in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand. Domestically, in addition to local television affiliates in New York and Philadelphia, national outlets such as CNN and The Associated Press have also expressed interest in the now-famous race call.
The nationally syndicated "Inside Edition" was on-track at Monmouth Aug. 25 for interviews with the horses' owners and is expected to feature the race, as well as an in-studio interview with Collmus, in a broadcast.
On YouTube alone, the video had already received nearly 69,000 views as of noon on Aug. 25.
Welch and Giorgio Stable’s Mywifenosevrything, ridden by jockey Elvis Trujillo for trainer Jane Cibelli, went off the 2-1 betting favorite in the 10-horse field that lined up for the $25,000 claiming event while Thewifedoesntknow, ridden by Carlos Marquez, Jr. for trainer Eddie Broome, was sent off at odds of 6-1. Neither horse was claimed.
Mywifenosevrything captured the $22,550 winner’s share of the $41,000 purse, which increased her lifetime earnings to $65,500. The 3-year-old filly has won three races in her 10-race career.
Thewifedoesntknow brought home $8,200 for her second-place finish, bringing her career earnings over $50,000.
Backers of Mywifenosevrything received $6.20 for a $2 win wager. Fans of Thewifedoesntknow were rewarded with $5.20 for a $2 place wager. The “wife” exacta returned $29.40 for a $2 wager.