01/15/2015 6:03PM

Durkin to join West Point Thoroughbreds


Recently retired announcer Tom Durkin will join the team at the West Point Thoroughbreds partnership, as an owner and in other roles.

Durkin will work directly with West Point founder and president Terry Finley and chief operating officer Tom Bellhouse in business development and partnership relations. Durkin, a longtime Standardbred owner, will also be an equity partner on West Point runners. 

West Point, launched in 1991,  has campaigned Grade 1 winners Awesome Gem, Dream Rush, Flashy Bull, Irish Smoke, Lear’s Princess, and Macho Again. The operation currently manages equine portfolios for nearly 400 partners, with a stable of more than 80 horses. It is based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and also has offices in New York City, New Jersey, Kentucky, and California.

“I’ve known Terry and Tom for years and admire the class and integrity that West Point brings to the game,” Durkin said. “They are the gold standard in Thoroughbred partnerships and I am very excited to join their partnership and work with the team.”

Durkin began his tenure as the New York Racing Association’s caller in 1990, and gave his final call on Aug. 31. He was the original voice of the Breeders’ Cup and, in addition to calling the Belmont Stakes annually for NYRA, called the Triple Crown series for NBC Sports for several years, calling eight failed Triple Crown bids total.

Durkin will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for lifetime outstanding achievement in the Thoroughbred industry Saturday night at the Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.


Nathan More than 1 year ago
capasella. good old days in new York. only guy who could call races with that great filly, CUNNiNG STUNT, and never get it wrong.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Clearly one of the greatest announcer of our era. But a bit of an "odd ball" in person. They will soon see they are dealing with a "personality of a star" at least in his mind.
russell More than 1 year ago
Wish Durkin the best. Didnt know he owned horses. ...But he's not the best race caller. He's called the wrong horse numerous times. Trevor is the best.
kingsailor2 More than 1 year ago
I'd like to see an article about Mr. Durkin's standardbreds--I had no idea he was a horse owner.
r More than 1 year ago
good luck Tom in your new endeavour. Best race caller of all time.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Durkin is the best race caller in history -- no doubt about it. Miss his great BC calls. I listen to them a lot on YouTube -- My favorites include 1990 BC classic: "Here comes the derby winner, Unbridled, fights his way to the front and wins the 7th breeders cup classic!" or 1987 BC classic - "the two derby winners hit the wire together!"