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Durkin’s Last Call: A Storyteller Who Will Be Missed

When NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin hangs up his microphone on Sunday, it will be the end of an era for many race fans. So much has been written in tribute to the announcer’s 43-year career that Durkin quipped Tuesday … Continue reading


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Durkin’s Last Call: A Storyteller Who Will Be Missed

Durkin’s Last Call: A Storyteller Who Will Be Missed

2014-08-29

When NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin hangs up his microphone on Sunday, it will be the end of an era for many race fans. So much has been written in tribute to the announcer’s 43-year career that Durkin quipped Tuesday … Continue reading

Backstretch Workers Get Saratoga’s B.E.S.T.

Backstretch Workers Get Saratoga’s B.E.S.T.

2014-08-25

When Saratoga Race Course opens its barns in April, the horses show up with shipments of hay and feed, and trunks full of equipment and blankets. The people who take care of them are not always so fortunate. Nancy Underwood, … Continue reading

Whitney Winner Moreno Breezes ‘Easy’ for Woodward

Whitney Winner Moreno Breezes ‘Easy’ for Woodward

2014-08-24

Southern Equine Stable’s Moreno, front-running winner of the Whitney Stakes on August 2, tuned up Sunday for a run this coming Saturday in the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward with a five-furlong breeze over the main track. Jockey Junior Alvarado, outfitted … Continue reading

Churchill Downs Adds Its Own Spin to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Churchill Downs Adds Its Own Spin to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

2014-08-22

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping across the country, with everyone from your next-door neighbor to the cast of The Avengers taking part. The ALS Foundation, which raises funds and awareness of ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s … Continue reading

Hora Partida: NYRA First Out of Gate With Spanish Announcer

Hora Partida: NYRA First Out of Gate With Spanish Announcer

2014-08-21

While New York Racing Association announcer Tom Durkin’s voice boomed loudest over the speakers at Saratoga this meet, Luis Grandison was also calling the races for a sizable audience, though his was not in the grandstand. Grandison, 57, is the … Continue reading

Del Mar, Breeders’ Cup Employees Douse in Ice Water for Charity

Del Mar, Breeders’ Cup Employees Douse in Ice Water for Charity

2014-08-18

Employees doused Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel with buckets of ice water on Monday, marking their participation in the now-popular ALS ice bucket challenge. The action was in response to Del Mar employees taking on the challenge over … Continue reading

Strategy, Opportunity, Hospitality: Arlington Stakes’ Draw Goes Beyond Cash

Strategy, Opportunity, Hospitality: Arlington Stakes’ Draw Goes Beyond Cash

2014-08-16

Arlington Park’s Million, Secretariat, and Beverly D Stakes are known for attracting top turf horses from across the country and the world—but Breeders’ Cup hopefuls have a number of choices about where they make their preparations. For many Europeans and … Continue reading



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