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Tom Durkin: "The Voice of NYRA"


NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin has been bringing his special brand of excitement to race fans at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course since 1990. A native of Chicago, Durkin studied theatre at St. Norbert College and began calling races at county fairs in Wisconsin in the early 1970s. Including the Breeders’ Cup, which he called from its inception in 1984 through 2005, and the Triple Crown, which he called through 2010, Durkin has called races at more than 50 tracks in six countries.



Tom's Famous Race Calls
Holy Bull - 1994 Travers
Cigar - 1995 Breeders Cup Classic
Rags to Riches - 2007 Belmont Stakes
Rachel Alexandra - 2009 Woodward Stakes
Commentator - "No Need to Call It"
"Wish I Could See It!"
"Whoa, Nelly!"
"It's A Dead-Heat In The Travers!"