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Old 05-10-2014, 09:32 AM
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Default Tom Durkin to retire August 31st

Sad to see that he is retiring, the absolute best there is. 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.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:45 AM
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kind of an odd date to retire with 1 day of the Spa left.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:47 AM
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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.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:48 AM
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kind of an odd date to retire with 1 day of the Spa left.
One last curtain call.

What is he, about sixty?
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:54 AM
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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.
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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
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NYRA RELEASE: http://www.nyra.com/belmont/tom-durk...ratoga-aug-31/
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One last curtain call.

What is he, about sixty?
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:02 AM
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His 1989 Breeders Cup Classic is a work of art.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:28 AM
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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
Totally agree Billy, very hard to narrow down. A legend, I wish him the best in retirement but will miss his calls so much.
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who will NYRA replace him with? Doubt John Imbriale wants to do it full time.
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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.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:40 AM
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Wow! Sensational, race and call!
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:37 AM
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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!
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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.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:33 PM
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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
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:43 PM
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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.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:51 PM
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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.
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:11 PM
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Jerry Bailey...what a set of b$ll$ sensational race call by TD
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