SARATOGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It was a night fit for a legend. Tom Durkin, who retired last season after calling races for 43 years at the Saratoga Race Course is being honored.
“There’s no place like Saratoga and long live Saratoga. Thank you very much,” said Tom Durkin.
The man, who called horse races like no other, was honored at this year’s Siro’s Cup in a special way.
The night began with Durkin, donning rather traditional getup for his standards, making a smooth entrance and happy to be back for another Siro’s Cup.
“The best part about it is, I don’t have to go to work tomorrow and I can have a party the night before opening day!” Durkin said.
After mingling with guests for a while, it was time for the long overdue honor of one of horse racing’s biggest living legends.
“You just look back on all the great memories that happened a couple hundred yards away from here and it’s a very satisfying feeling,” said Durkin.
With that, the hero had just one thing left to say.
“For the last 24 years, I’ve been locked inside a glass enclosed, 8 by 10 booth, watching you guys have all the fun on opening day! So tomorrow, I’m going to be drinking, gambling, cavorting and having fun with you guys!
Durkin also mentioned he has no problem being a fan and he’ll likely be at the track every single day.