Former Ky Derby Announcer Sues Over Bill Murray’s Unauthorized Use of Phrase

Former Ky Derby Announcer Sues Over Bill Murray’s Unauthorized Use of Phrase

Former Ky Derby Announcer Sues Over Bill Murray’s Unauthorized Use of Phrase

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Track announcer Dave Johnson has called countless Triple Crown races, including several Kentucky Derbies.

In 2012, he trademarked his signature phrase, “And down the stretch, they come,” and now he’s suing the makers of the film St. Vincent for allowing Bill Murray’s character to use the phrase without Johnson’s permission.

Johnson’s suit claims that Murray’s usage of the phrase would likely confuse the public, tarnishing the rights to a phrase that is “inextricably linked” to Johnson.

“I’ve spent my whole life calling races, and that’s something I wanted to protect,” Johnson tells Reuters. “It’s obviously mine. That’s my phrase.” When asked why he didn’t sue the makers of the 2014 movie earlier, Johnson said he wasn’t much of a film buff and, “My next-door neighbor told me about it.”

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