Tom Durkin

‘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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USA Today: Triple Crown Didn’t Save Racing But Maybe It Didn’t Need Saving

As Justify’s attempt for the second Triple Crown sweep in four years approaches, national media outlets are weighing in on the sport’s health. USA Today’s Dan Wolken writes that American Pharoah breaking the 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015 was essentially just a moment, not a transformative shift for horse racing, as some hoped for […]

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Durkin, Perrotta Team Up For Audio Book, ‘Half A Chance’

Two lifelong racetrackers who share a passion for the sport, a love of language and a gift for storytelling have pooled their talents to produce a newly released audio book called Half A Chance that is now available at http://www.tomdurkin.com and on Audible.com Half A Chance is the third of four books for author/screenwriter John […]

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Appelbaum Succeeds Retiring Violette As President Of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association announced the results of its 2017 election for President and Board of Directors today. Joseph Appelbaum, running unopposed, was elected to his first term as president. Appelbaum succeeds Rick Violette Jr., who retires this year after more than 25 years on the NYTHA Board. 2017 NYTHA Election Results President […]

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Durkin Back At The Spa With A New ‘Dream’

Just three years ago, Michael Dubb’s Condo Commando splashed down the final furlong on the last day of August to win the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course. Perched above the track was legendary race caller Tom Durkin, who once again was plying his trade from the booth, just as he had since the […]

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Durkin To Again Lead Personalized Tours Of Hall Of Fame

Retired racecaller Tom Durkin, one of the most recognizable and vibrant personalities in the history of American thoroughbred racing, will lead personalized tours of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame throughout the Saratoga Race Course meeting this summer from July 21 through Sept. 4. Tours will be from 11 a.m. to noon […]

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Durkin’s ‘Dream’: From Fear To ‘Elation’ In The Space Of Two Minutes

Track announcer Tom Durkin was full of excitement leading up to the Kentucky Derby in 2017, but not because he was going to call the race, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. This year, the retiree’s anticipation stemmed from his ownership of a small piece of the colt named Always Dreaming, who would go off as […]

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Durkin Joins Ownership Group Of Kentucky Derby Contender Always Dreaming

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, […]

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Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: The ‘Incomparable’ Tom Durkin

During his 43-year career, track announcer Tom Durkin’s electric race calls thrilled fans and stamped historic moments with unforgettable words. He could make you laugh, too. In this episode of Around the Track, Durkin tells stories about his humble beginnings at the track, relives some of his most memorable calls (“the Incomparable, Invincible, Unbeatable Cigar!), […]

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