‘Do It Your Way’: Pete Aiello’s Nerve-Wracking Pegasus Experience

When Peter Aiello walked into the announcer's booth prior to the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in January, he could admit to being nervous. Since he could remember Aiello had been calling races, starting on a pixelated television screen in his childhood bedroom, but he had never dreamed he'd be in the position of calling the world's richest horse race. Aiello told thoroughbredinsider.com that when he learned he'd be calling the race not just at Gulfstream but also for the NBC broadcast, he thought: “You want to be in the game but you don't want to be THE game!”

To prepare for the Pegasus, Aiello sought advice from any number of industry insiders, but as a man who rarely scripts his race calls nothing seemed to sit right with him. It was Dave Rodman who gave him the most influential words of wisdom.

“Obviously you're getting the opportunity to call Pegasus because of the work you've done up to now,” Rodman told Aiello, “so do it your way. That's how you got here. So do it your way.”

Aiello took his advice to heart, and as Arrogate pounded down the stretch in front, Aiello's words perfectly encapsulated the moment: “What a race… What a sport… What a horse!”

Read more at thoroughbredinsider.com.

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