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Tom Durkin Biography

Tom Durkin was born 1950 in Chicago, Illinois and is a sportscaster and public address announcer specializing in Thoroughbred horse racing. He is the race caller for NBC Sports.

Durkin studied drama at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. In 1971, he was hired as a race caller at Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred races at county fairs in Wisconsin. He did this each summer through 1975 then the following year was employed by the Daily Racing Form as a call taker responsible for documenting the comments and statistics used in the official charts of the races at Cahokia Downs and Thistledown Racecourse. He went on to work as a race caller at Florida Downs in Oldsmar, Florida, Miles Park Race Track in Louisville, Kentucky, Quad City Downs in East Moline, Illinois, Balmoral Park Racetrack in Crete, Illinois, Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida, Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida and in 1990 was hired to call races at the New York Racing Association's Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

Tom Durkin is one of horse racing's most identifiable voices. He has served as the Breeders Cup's chief TV voice from its inception through 2005, and is currently under exclusive contract by NBC as part of the network's sportscasting crew for horse races, providing analysis, commentary and features in addition to the descriptions of races.


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