Tom Durkin was the voice of New York racing from Aug. 29, 1990 through Aug. 31, 2014. During a career over a span of 43 years, he called approximately 80,000 races. He was the voice of the Breeders’ Cup for its first 23 years. He also worked as an analyst, feature producer and commentator for over 20 years for both ESPN and NBC. In New York, he served on the board of the Backstretch Employee Service Team for 18 years. He is currently a Board member emeritus of that organization. He is the winner of numerous industry awards including the Eclipse Award of Merit, The Jockey Club Gold Medal, Big Sport of Turfdom, Thoroughbred Club of America Honoree, Saratoga Race Course Walk of Fame and ThoroFan Man Of The Year, among other awards.