Tom Durkin

2019 Fall Equine Speaker Series Announced At University of Louisville

The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program (EIP), with the support of Horse Racing Nation, invites the public to a free speaker series that focuses on the most current topics in the horse racing industry. “It is important for our program to be a leader in bringing stakeholders together for open dialogues addressing the matters […]

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‘East-vs-West’ Jockey Karaoke Battle Will Benefit PDJF

Jockeys know how to warm up their mounts, but they’re also warming up their vocal chords in Saratoga and Del Mar in advance of the second annual “Riders Up! Battle of East-vs-West” jockey karaoke contests to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The Saratoga jockeys are first out of the gate on Sunday, July […]

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Empire Racing Club Names First Horse Starlit Daydream

The Empire Racing Club, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to introduce fans to racehorse ownership, took another step forward towards putting a contender out on the track by naming it’s very first horse. The Spendthrift Farm-bred bay 2-year-old filly by Can The Man out of Five Star Daydream was named Starlit Daydream, having her […]

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Spendthrift Farm, Empire Racing Club Strike Deal To Race Can The Man Filly

The Empire Racing Club has entered into an agreement with Spendthrift Farm to campaign a filly bred by the Lexington, Ky., nursery this year. By Spendthrift stallion Can The Man, the unnamed 2-year-old is out of graded-producer Five Star Daydream, making her a half-sister to last season’s Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes winner Gas Station Sushi, […]

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Class Of 2019: Tom Durkin, ‘Curve Wrecker,’ College Graduate

It’s been over 50 years since Tom Durkin enrolled in St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., just south of Green Bay. On Sunday, the 68-year-old retired track announcer and communications arts major returned to De Pere, where he was the oldest graduate among the 560 students in the Class of 2019, according to the […]

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NYTHA Launches Empire Racing Club With Durkin, Pletcher At The Helm

The Empire Racing Club is an initiative created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to let horse racing fans experience the thrills of racehorse ownership at minimal cost and no risk. New York’s beloved retired racecaller Tom Durkin will serve as managing partner, and Eclipse Award-winner Todd Pletcher will be the Club trainer. Empire […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: The Disappearing Iron Horse

I recently took a trip down memory lane with Tom Durkin, the race caller who worked the announcer’s booth for the Breeders’ Cup’s inaugural running at Hollywood Park in 1984 and didn’t relinquish the microphone until after the 2005 edition, when the telecast moved from NBC to ESPN. Durkin gave fans a chance to relive […]

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Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: A View From Europe, Durkin’s Memories

As I approached Giles Anderson’s booth at Equestricon this week, he pulled up the Racing Post on his mobile device, sliding it in front of me to display a photo on the front page of the website. It was of stallion Arrogate, bucking in the air at Kentucky’s Juddmonte Farms. “See,” he said. “An American […]

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Belt It Out: Saratoga Vs. Del Mar Jockeys In PDJF Karaoke Contest

In what will certainly be a battle of East versus West, jockeys at Saratoga and at Del Mar race tracks will compete against each other for the glory of the title of “Best Jockey Karaoke Performance.” The Del Mar jockey colony will take to the microphone first, performing at the Belly Up Tavern (143 S. […]

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‘Tremendous Machine’: Chic Anderson’s Historic Call Of Secretariat’s Belmont Triumph

No one could have foreseen Secretariat’s 31-length tour de force in the 105th running of the Belmont Stakes, least of all CBS racecaller Chic Anderson. And yet, writes Tim Layden for Sports Illustrated, “faced with a moment that was too large for words, Anderson found words just the same.” Anderson’s most widely-recognized words from that historic […]

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