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Sightseek 05-10-2014 09:32 AM

Tom Durkin to retire August 31st
 
Sad to see that he is retiring, the absolute best there is. :tro: His race calls turn a race into a story, no video required.

What is your favorite Durkin call? I think recently, the call for the Rags to Riches - Curlin Belmont Stakes or Quality Road's Met Mile would be mine.

herkhorse 05-10-2014 09:45 AM

kind of an odd date to retire with 1 day of the Spa left.

Sightseek 05-10-2014 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by herkhorse (Post 977642)
kind of an odd date to retire with 1 day of the Spa left.

Article in DRF said that he just wanted the opportunity to enjoy the day.

Indian Charlie 05-10-2014 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by herkhorse (Post 977642)
kind of an odd date to retire with 1 day of the Spa left.

One last curtain call.

What is he, about sixty?

Alabama Stakes 05-10-2014 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Sightseek (Post 977643)
Article in DRF said that he just wanted the opportunity to enjoy the day.

another reason why he's the best. looks like we'll be up there for the last weekend again. :)

casp0555 05-10-2014 10:00 AM

It is sad....I usually spend my lunch hour at work surfing youtube and listening to a lot of races called by Mr. Durkin. There are several, for comedic reasons, that stand out, like "Argh,Argh,Argh" .:)
It will be tough for me to find a "best of". There are so many :tro:

Kasept 05-10-2014 10:00 AM

NYRA RELEASE: http://www.nyra.com/belmont/tom-durk...ratoga-aug-31/

Kasept 05-10-2014 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Indian Charlie (Post 977644)
One last curtain call.

What is he, about sixty?

63

Revidere 05-10-2014 10:02 AM

His 1989 Breeders Cup Classic is a work of art.

mclem0822 05-10-2014 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by casp0555 (Post 977650)
It is sad....I usually spend my lunch hour at work surfing youtube and listening to a lot of races called by Mr. Durkin. There are several, for comedic reasons, that stand out, like "Argh,Argh,Argh" .:)
It will be tough for me to find a "best of". There are so many :tro:

Totally agree Billy, very hard to narrow down. A legend, I wish him the best in retirement but will miss his calls so much. :)

Hickory Hill Hoff 05-10-2014 10:29 AM

who will NYRA replace him with? Doubt John Imbriale wants to do it full time.

Pants II 05-10-2014 10:31 AM

His voice was made for the track.

The guy could read the phone book and make it intriguing.

Irreplaceable. Hopefully someone outside of Collmus gets a shot.

Kasept 05-10-2014 10:40 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u03E155wcIE

mclem0822 05-10-2014 11:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Kasept (Post 977665)

Wow! Sensational, race and call! :tro:

Soaring Softly 05-10-2014 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Kasept (Post 977665)

That's funny, Steve! When I saw you post a Youtube link that didn't identify the race, I was absolutely certain that it was the 2002 Test Stakes!

Thanks for saving me the trouble. There HAVE been so many iconic calls from Durkin over the years, but that one is the one that continues to stick out in my mind more than any others.

And I guess I know you better than I thought! :D

ateamstupid 05-10-2014 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Pants II (Post 977663)
His voice was made for the track.

The guy could read the phone book and make it intriguing.

Irreplaceable. Hopefully someone outside of Collmus gets a shot.

Well said. I hope it's Dooley.

Durkin should've never been replaced for the Breeders' Cup and Triple Crown. The best there is.

Rudeboyelvis 05-10-2014 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by ateamstupid (Post 977681)
Well said. I hope it's Dooley.

Durkin should've never been replaced for the Breeders' Cup and Triple Crown. The best there is.

Wasn't that his call? I thought I had heard that he was starting to get uncomfortable calling the big races or something

ateamstupid 05-10-2014 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Rudeboyelvis (Post 977682)
Wasn't that his call? I thought I had heard that he was starting to get uncomfortable calling the big races or something

You're right, I think that was the case with the Triple Crown, but I'm pretty sure he was replaced for the Breeders' Cup.

Soaring Softly 05-10-2014 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by ateamstupid (Post 977684)
You're right, I think that was the case with the Triple Crown, but I'm pretty sure he was replaced for the Breeders' Cup.

I might be wrong, but I think I recall that that was a contract conflict. When ESPN took over the Breeders Cup broadcasting from NBC (2006 I think), Tom was under contract with NBC and ESPN couldn't touch him.

I think that's what happened, anyway.

casp0555 05-10-2014 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Kasept (Post 977665)

Jerry Bailey...what a set of b$ll$ :tro: sensational race call by TD


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