Announcer Durkin to call final race


It’s last call for Tom Durkin.

The voice of horse racing on the New York circuit is silencing himself on Sunday, retiring after a 43-year career in which he also announced Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races.

Durkin’s last call will come in the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga in upstate New York. Sunday will be declared “Tom Durkin Day” in Saratoga Springs.

The 63-year-old Chicago native grew up imitating Phil Georgeff, the former announcer at that city’s tracks famed for his call at the top of stretch, “Here the they come, spinning out of the turn!”

“In college it became an act,” Durkin said.