SARATOGA SPRINGS 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 announcer's career began with a lie. A friend of Durkin pitched him to a man looking for someone to call the races at a county fair meet in Wisconsin, explaining that Durkin was the assistant track announcer at Arlington Park outside Chicago.
No such job existed, but Durkin got the small-town gig in 1971 and he's been calling races ever since.