Trevor Denman Headed For Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall Of Fame

by | 11.14.2017 | 8:52am
Trevor Denman

Iconic horse racing announcer Trevor Denman will become one of two new members of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame when he is inducted at the 27th annual SCSB Awards Luncheon on Jan. 22, 2018, at Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake.

The other inductee will be longtime Laker TV commentator Stu Lantz. He and Denman will become the 36th and 37th members of the SCSB Hall of Fame.

Denman, 65, revolutionized race commentary after coming from South Africa to Southern California in 1983 and working at all three of the area's major racetracks – Santa Anita, the now-defunct Hollywood Park and Del Mar. He retired from Santa Anita in December 2015 but still calls races at Del Mar.

Denman's approach to calling races involves not only describing the position of the runners but adding in-race commentary. One of his most familiar phrases is “moving like a winner.” His most memorable call – among the thousands he did – came when then-undefeated Zenyatta came from behind to win the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. As Zenyatta, a female, came from behind to beat the boys, the cadence of Denman's call of “un-be-lieve-able” seemed to match the horse's strides. Classic race, classic call.

Since horse racing doesn't have a Hall of Fame for race announcers, this will be only Denman's second Hall of Fame honor. The other, by California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, came in 2013.

When not working at Del Mar, Denman and his wife Robin live on a farm in rural Minnesota.  Last April, Denman suffered a severely broken leg when he fell off a tractor at his farm. The leg was broken in three places. It took several months to heal.

Denman said he and his wife will make a special trip back to Southern California to attend January's awards luncheon.       

Also at the luncheon, retired Los Angeles Kings TV announcer Bob Miller will be the second recipient of the newly named Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award at January's awards luncheon. Scully was the first recipient last January. Scully was inducted in the SCSB Hall of Fame in 1997, Miller in 2002.       

The SCSB was formed in 1958, and the Hall of Fame has existed since 1993. The first inductees were former Heisman Trophy winner and local broadcaster Tom Harmon, UCLA announcer Fred Hessler and L.A. Rams announcer Bob Kelley. Harmon was the organization's first president.      

Any entity wishing to purchase a program ad congratulating Trevor Denman, or seeking reservations, should contact Rand Elkins [email protected] or Larry Stewart at [email protected] Any checks should be made out to SCSB and mailed to treasurer Joe Cala at 3890 Carpenter Ave., Studio City, CA 91604 

  • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. As Zenyatta,
    a female, came from behind to beat the boys, the cadence of Denman’s
    call of “un-be-lieve-able” seemed to match the horse’s strides. Classic
    race, classic call.

    The problem is wasn’t he voiced over on TV
    If you were there, you heard him, but if you were sitting at home watching this on TV I am not certain that NBC had Denman making the call.

    That’s why i find NBC’s coverage garbage, because Denman is the man!

    • Mike

      They would have to sprout wings to catch him……

      • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

        Just like most of the horses that I bet to win (or at least recently)

      • JustAPlayer

        “If you’ve got your money on xxx, go stand in line and collect your 20 cents.”

    • Jeff K.

      He is a legend, and that call in 2009 was spectacular. But his calls in 2017 are a mere shadow of his best.

      I’m glad he’s getting this honor. It’s well-deserved. But I have a feeling his racecalling days are close to done.

      • really?

        he will retire after this meet, go out on a BC

        • Matthew

          Trevor Denman is my favorite horse racing announcer of all time. It was me who is plotting murder against Larry Collmus and the former Bay Meadows and Fair Grounds Track Announcer because I want to hear Trevor’s call of all of the races from Santa Anita and Del Mar including the Breeders’ Cup races from those two racetracks. Police did come to my home and asked me questions about the threats. I was banned from Santa Anita because they fear I might be carrying out the threats against any announcers who replace Trevor Denman. Plus, I had to go to court for a district attorney’s hearing. Last year, the police detective from the cyber crime unit came to my home and asked me questions about the death threats, he and his partner even asked me do I have any weapons such as guns, and I was telling the truth, I said no. During my district attorney hearing, the Santa Anita security officer said if I carry out the death threats by going up to the Santa Anita Announcer’s Booth and murder the former Bay Meadows and Fair Grounds Track Announcer, police and armed Santa Anita security officers will shoot me dead.

  • Tinky

    He was much better before the out-of-competition testing.

    Just kidding! Good on ya, Trevor!

  • Matthew

    There was a fan of Trevor Denman who made deah threats against Larry Collmus and the new Santa Anita Announcer because he was very unhappy that Trevor is retiring from announcing at Santa Anita. Last year, Santa Ania cotacted the Arcadia Police Department, and found the fan in his home. The fan was contacted by the police, and he was not arrested or detained. Howeer, that fan was banned from Santa Anita bcause they fear he will be carrying out the threats by plotting murder against any announcer who replaces Trevor Denman.

  • ctgreyhound

    By his words he shall be known. So many phrases can be attributed to Denman. That’s what makes him unique. Miss him on a regular basis, but understandably the farm is calling. Vin Scully, one of my all time favorite sports broadcasters, is a man of principle and honor. I like him so much I named by dog after him.

  • Matthew

    There was a fan of Trevor Denman who made death threats against Larry Collmus and the new Santa Anita Announcer because he was very unhappy that Trevor is retiring from announcing at Santa Anita. Last year, Santa Anita contacted the Arcadia Police Department, and found the fan in his home. The fan was contacted by the police, and he was not arrested or detained. Howeer, that fan was banned from Santa Anita because they fear he will be carrying out the threats by plotting murder against any announcer who replaces Trevor Denman.

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