Durkin Joins Ownership Group Of Kentucky Derby Contender Always Dreaming

by | 04.20.2017 | 8:38am
Always Dreaming headed to the winner's circle after the Florida Derby

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.”

  • Quilla

    Cover all the bases, Tom – get shares of ALL the horses running the the Derby! See you in the winner’s circle. :)

  • Kelly

    Well, crap. I was not really into this horse, but how can I not root for Tom Durkin? :)

  • paul adams

    Can’t fathom all the small pieces on this horse. I know 5 guys who bought 1% of this horse last month. They SPLIT the 1% ..need a calculator to break it down.

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

      Well, as long as it’s a piece of the action.
      Does it matter how big or small it is??

      Problem is there, three other horses that have a real good chance in addition to AD
      Classic Empire

    • Quilla

      Even a small piece of a horse going to the Derby is a big part of the action. :)

  • SharedBelief1

    Nice pick Tom!

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