Resolution J5908-2013

Commending legendary track announcer Tom Durkin upon the occasion of his retirement after 43 years of distinguished service to the sport of horse racing

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  • Jun 17, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 17, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 12, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending legendary track announcer Tom Durkin
upon the occasion of his retirement  after  43  years  of  distinguished
service to the sport of horse racing

WHEREAS,  It  is  the sense of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly  acknowledge  individuals  who  have  distinguished  themselves
through  their  exemplary careers, accomplishments, and purposeful lives
of service to their community and their profession; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
legendary track announcer Tom Durkin upon the occasion of his retirement
after 43 years of distinguished service to the sport  of  horse  racing;
and
  WHEREAS,  Announcer  Emeritus Durkin, one of the greatest race-callers
in sports history, will call his final race at Saratoga Race  Course  on
Sunday,  August  31,  2014,  bringing  to a close an exceptional 43-year
career; and
  WHEREAS, This esteemed broadcaster  studied  theatre  at  St.  Norbert
College  and  began  calling  races  at county fairs in Wisconsin in the
summer of 1971; he continued to work at a string of small tracks includ-
ing Cahokia Downs, Balmoral Race Course, Quad City Downs and Miles  Park
before landing the job at famed Hialeah Race Course in 1981; and
  WHEREAS, In 1984, Tom Durkin was hired as the announcer for the annual
Breeders' Cup, a position he held until 2005; he gained further notorie-
ty as the voice of the Triple Crown for a decade beginning in 2001; and
  WHEREAS,  Tom  Durkin's  insightful  commentary and ability to use his
voice to build to a thrilling crescendo were unparalleled; he will  long
be  remembered for such indelible moments as Cigar's victory at the 1995
Breeders' Cup Classic, the 1998 photo finish at Belmont between  Victory
Gallop  and  Real Quiet, and whimsically singing Doremifasollatido's run
to victory in a 2008 maiden race; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout more than four decades of outstanding  calls,  Tom
Durkin  has  been  a  vital  part  of  countless memorable races and has
witnessed some of the sport's legendary horses; in addition to his flair
for the dramatic, Durkin's sense of humor has stood him in  great  stead
as one of horse racing's most famed personalities; and
  WHEREAS,  In  recognition of his dedication, commitment and efforts on
behalf of his community and his profession, it is  the  intent  of  this
Legislative Body to extend its highest commendation to Tom Durkin; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained commitment to the  maintenance  of  high  standards  in  their
profession,  certainly  have  earned the recognition and applause of all
the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  legendary  track  announcer Tom Durkin upon the occasion of his
retirement after 43 years of distinguished service to the sport of horse
racing, and to wish him the best in all his future endeavors; and be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Tom Durkin.

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