Tom Durkin

‘The Voice of NYRA’ talks racing and Saratoga

Tom Durkin was the guest speaker at Monday’s ‘Saratoga’s Racing Legends’ presentation that was held at the Saratoga Library. Durkin, who has been the official ‘voice of NYRA’ since 1990, spoke candidly with racing fans about his early career, regaling them with stories of his first trip to Saratoga Race Course and getting fired by […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Giving Back to the Backstretch

The Backstretch Employee Service Team at the New York Racing Association tracks will be the beneficiary of the 30th annual Horsemen’s Golf Tournament at Garden State Country Club near Belmont Park on Long Island, N.Y., on Oct. 4. Bill Hirsch, who serves with Mary Ryan as the tournament co-director, told the Paulick Report why B.E.S.T. […]

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Announcer Durkin owns the favorite in race at Yonkers

Press Release Tom Durkin is ensconced in the heart of Thoroughbred racing right now, perched atop the grandstand, calling races at Saratoga Racecourse in upstate New York.  As the voice of New York racing and the announcer for 12 Kentucky Derbies and 22 Breeders Cups, it’s usually a Thoroughbred at the other end of Durkin’s […]

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Saratoga jockeys to karaoke for charity

Press Release Saratoga jockeys will be in full voice on Monday, August 22, when they take the stage at Vapors Night Club at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for “Riders Up,” an evening of jockey karaoke, dinner and dancing to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The question is will it be a local version […]

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NBC Sports Group announces broadcast team, TV schedule

The NBC Sports Group made several additions to its coverage team for this year’s Kentucky Derby, which will include 14 hours of coverage (11 on VERSUS beginning Wednesday, including the May 6 Kentucky Oaks, and the three-hour NBC Derby telecast on Saturday, May 7). In addition to Larry Collmus taking the reins from Tom Durkin […]

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Collmus to replace Durkin

Longtime Monmouth Park track announcer Larry Collmus will replace Tom Durkin as the new voice of the Triple Crown on NBC Sports according to Matt Hegarty of the Daily Racing Form. “I’ve been calling the races since I was 18 years old, and it’s all I’ve ever dreamed about,” Collmus said. “It’s incredibly exciting.” For […]

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Durkin opts out of Triple Crown calls for NBC

Tom Durkin, who has called American racing’s Triple Crown on radio and television for the last 14 years, has decided not to renew his contract with NBC Sports, citing stress during the buildup to the three races. NBC is televising this year’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Durkin will continue to be the lead […]

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RIP Michael Letis: helped launch Breeders’ Cup by securing NBC Sports as broadcast partner

One of the most important contributors to the early success of the Breeders’ Cup was its four-hour broadcast window on NBC Sports. Michael Letis, who played a major role in securing that unprecedented telecast beginning in 1984, has died in Connecticut at the age of 69.

 Letis and Mike Trager were partners in Sports Marketing […]

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