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Longtime Saratoga announcer Durkin at peace with decision to retire

Longtime track announcer Tom Durkin prepares to call a race at Saratoga Race Course.
Longtime track announcer Tom Durkin prepares to call a race at Saratoga Race Course.
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Tom Durkin is quick with the call when the topic is favorite horses. “Holy Bull, Personal Ensign, Turkoman,” Durkin said, seated inside the closet-sized, gizmo-packed announcer’s booth at Saratoga Race Course. “Gate Dancer, he was fun to call. Groovy was fun to call because he was fast. And the girls, Rachel Alexandra and Rags to Riches. I could go on forever.” But he won’t. This past spring, Durkin announced his retirement as announcer for the ...


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