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Horse Racing – 1987 – Al Michaels + Dave Johnson Review A Rough Derby & Peview The Preakness Field

ABC’s Al Michaels and Dave Johnson, the broadcast crew calling the 1987 Preakness Stakes….provide a video replay of the 1987 Kentucky Derby….while making their points on how it was the “roughest Derby ever run”…..then they shift their focus to providing a good personal profile and highlights of each horse that was running in this 1987 Preakness Stakes.

Dave Johnson is an American announcer and sportscaster….who is best known for his work in horse racing with ABC and NBC Sports….and at various race tracks in New York and New Jersey…..who has been behind the mike for thousands of horse races….including many Triple Crown and Breeder’s Cup races.  His signature line is “And down the stretch they come!”….which is instantly recognizable throughout the sport….and was often imitated by comedians like David Letterman.

Al Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscasting legend….who is now employed by NBC Sports after nearly three decades (1977–2006) with ABC Sports….as Michaels is currently known for his many years calling play-by-play of National Football League games….including nearly two decades with ABC’s Monday Night Football….and over a decade with NBC Sunday Night Football.  He is also known for famous calls in other sports, including the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics….and the earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.  Michaels’ move from ABC to NBC in 2006 was notable….as it was part of an agreement between the two networks’ parent companies, The Walt Disney Company and NBC Universal, respectively, that allowed Disney to take ownership of the intellectual property of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit from NBC Universal.

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