Thoroughbred Club of America recognizes Durkin at Testimonial Dinner

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September 30th, 2015

Tom Durkin was the guest of honor at the Thoroughbred Club of America’s 84th annual Testimonial Dinner on Tuesday evening at Keeneland recognizing his distinguished service to the sport of racing.

Known for being the voice of the Breeders’ Cup (1984-2005) and Triple Crown (2001-11), Durkin called races for 43 years before retiring in 2014. Hired by NYRA in 1990 to call Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga, Durkin also counted Gulfstream Park, Hialeah and Meadowlands among venues.

He estimates calling more than 80,000 horse races -- Quarter Horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbred – during his esteemed career, more than half coming at NYRA tracks.

“One of the luckiest SOBs on Earth,” Durkin said of his success.

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Durkin’s memorable calls included:

2009 Woodward Stakes – “Rachel won! She is indeed, Rachel Alexandra the Great!”

2001 Breeders’ Cup Classic – “Tiznow wins it for America!”

2007 Belmont Stakes – “A desperate finish. It’s going to be very close. It’s going to be…a filly in the Belmont. Rags to Riches has beaten Curlin and a 100 years of Belmont history.”

1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic – “And here he is, the incomparable, invincible, unbeatable Cigar!”