40 Days of Durkin: Wednesday, July 23

In honor of Tom Durkin’s retirement from race calling on August 31, we are taking a look back at 40 of his most memorable calls–one for each day of the 2014 Saratoga meet.

In the spirit of today’s post position draw for Saturday’s jockey foot race, organized by NYRA as part of its participation in a national day of awareness for the PDJF, we bring to you rare footage of the last jockey foot race held at Saratoga in 1995. 

Many have said Durkin could announce anything and make it interesting. This video may be proof.  So many great lines:

“The morning line favorite has to be Frankie Lovato Jr. in post 13 with the addition of mud caulks.”

“And in red there is our outrider, Jean Luc Samyn. They’re going all of about 100 yards”

“And there they go, Bailey fell on his face out of the gate, on the far outside here comes Shane Sellers.”

and our favorite:  “We just received a call, the inquiry sign is on, an inquiry has been posted…into the entire proceedings.”

The race starts at the two minute mark.


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