04/04/2011 7:21AM

Turf Paradise announcer belts one out for Doris Day


Turf Paradise track announcer Michael Chamberlain was feeling nostalgic Sunday. As the horses came down the stretch in race 5 at the Phoenix track, Chamberlain cleared his throat and brought home winner Que Sera Sera to the tune of the same name in honor of Doris Day’s 89th birthday. The song was Day’s calling card, one she made popular in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”

“I’m a big fan of that older entertainment genre with names like Sinatra, Martin, Cole,” said Chamberlain, 40, who is in his second year as the Phoenix track’s announcer. “I noticed today was Doris Day’s birthday when I was checking my email, and when I got to the track I saw a horse named Que Sera Sera in the fifth, and thought it would be perfect to sing the song if the horse won and yell out ‘happy birthday’ to the woman who sang it. I just wish I would have been enough of a hunch player to put a couple bucks on it.”

Que Sera Sera paid $10.80.

◗ For the second straight day Sunday, a Turf Paradise grass-course record was broken. Kingsville went wire to wire in 2:29.12, in the eighth race, setting a standard for 1 1/2 miles on the turf .

Kingsville ($6.80) with Tammi Piermarini up, eclipsed the record of 2:29.60 set by Senator McGuire in 1988. On Saturday, All Saint set a course record of 2:14.38 for the 1 3/8 miles on the turf in winning the Wildcat Handicap.

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