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A Conversation with Tom Durkin at the Canfield Casino

Tom DurkinThe Saratoga Springs History Museum, in partnership with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, will present “A Conversation with Tom Durkin” Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. as part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series. The event is free and open to the public. Michael Veitch, a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees and a Saratoga Springs History Museum Hall of Fame member, will interview Durkin.


Durkin has served as the track announcer for the New York Racing Association since 1990. He is retiring after a 43-year race-calling career Aug. 31. Born in Chicago, Durkin studied theatre at St. Norbert College and began calling races at county fairs in Wisconsin in the summer of 1971. In 1975, he moved on to ply his trade at a string of small  tracks including Cahokia Downs, Balmoral Race Course, Quad City Downs and Miles Park before landing the job at famed Hialeah Race Course in 1981. Three years later, he was hired as the announcer for the annual Breeders' Cup in 1984, a job he held until 2005, and gained further fame calling the Triple Crown for a decade beginning in 2001.


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