Legendary track announcer Tom Durkin has become a member of the West Point Thoroughbreds partnership that owns a minority interest in leading Kentucky Derby contender Always Dreaming.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and owned by MeB Racing Stables LLC, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stables LLC, Siena Farm, and West Point Thoroughbreds, the gifted son of Bodemeister has won three straight races this year, including the $1 million Florida Derby (G1).
After retiring from race calling in 2014, Durkin began owning horses with West Point Thoroughbreds. He currently owns eight horses with the partnership company, including Pegasus World Cup starter Breaking Lucky.
“I always wondered how it would feel to be in the paddock as an owner of a horse in the Kentucky Derby,” said Durkin. “Now, it's surreal to think I could be in the winner's circle. I'm grateful to the entire ownership group for the opportunity to own a part of a special horse.”
Awarded with the 2014 Eclipse Award of Merit, Durkin is one of the most vibrant personalities in racing history. During a 43-year career in which he called over 80,000 races, Durkin was in the announcer's booth for the Kentucky Derby from 2001-2009.
“Tom is an incredible ambassador for our industry,” said West Point Thoroughbreds CEO Terry Finley. “Vinnie and Teresa Viola and Anthony and Mary Ellen Bonomo welcomed such a beloved person into the ownership group with open arms. Participating in the Kentucky Derby is truly special, and if we're lucky enough to have our colt wear the roses, the experience will be even more meaningful having a friend like Tom celebrating with us.”
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