NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Durkin will retire from calling horse races in August at Saratoga after a 43-year career that included announcing the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup.
Durkin said Saturday that he thought 24 years of announcing on the New York circuit was enough and that 25 years might be too many. The 63-year-old Chicago native has handled announcing duties at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga since 1990.
He began his career calling races at county fairs in Wisconsin in 1971. Four years later, he started calling races at such small Midwestern tracks as Cahokia Downs, Balmoral, Quad City Downs and Miles Park. In 1981, he took over at Hialeah in Florida.
Durkin was hired to announce the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 and continued calling the world championships until 2005. He called the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes for 10 years starting in 2001.
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