Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tom Durkin's July

Tom Durkin, NYRA's veteran racetrack announcer, is one of the best in the business, with his professionalism only matched by California stalwart Trevor Denman and New Jersey/Florida sensation Larry Collmus. While Durkin gets credit and accolades for having called the Breeders Cup for 20+ years and for being the voice of the Derby from 2001 on, few could argue that he had a better month than July 2008. Consider his call of an ordinary maiden race on the Fourth of July:

Not to keep his merriness limited to Belmont, he's also brought it to Saratoga for maiden winner Arrrrr.

Has he hit the proverbial "I'm Keith Hernandez" stage of his storied career, or has he started drinking on the job? I'm inclined to think he's probably just having fun.

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