SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Since 1990 people at the Saratoga Race Course have been treated to Tom Durkin’s charismatic calls from post to finish, but he will be turning off his microphone at the end of the month.
Durkin has just a couple of more weeks left of his lengthy career. The Chicago native’s first job was in a booth at a county fair in Wisconsin in 1971.
From that small start, his calls graced the Triple Crown races, the Breeder’s Cup and Saratoga.
Durkin calls the Spa City home these days, where his soul resides, he says and that’s why he chose Saratoga’s as the track to close out his career.
“It’s this mixture of antiquity, excitement, and glamor. I guess that you walk around here, everybody’s smiling. Everybody ’round here’s smiling. And that – that you can’t put a price on,” said Durkin.
Durkin says he’s not a sentimental man, nor does he want to think about the future, yet. He has just three weeks left in his position so he wants to focus solely on the Saratoga meet, then figure it all out after a couple days of rest and a vacation to Italy.