By Stephen Alicknovic
I’m a little late with this, but it was not easy, from a top 10, to a top 12, to finally my top 20, and that’s still not nearly enough. And trying to put them in order after the top three was not easy.
I really began to follow horse racing in 1998, so the races listed below are the ones that got etched in my head in real time. I know there are other great calls. Cigar, and too many others to mention. No need to say more about them, or Tom that has not already been articulated by others.
Video of Tom Durkin’s final race call at Saratoga from earlier today is at the bottom of this post.
A great day. An emotional day. A memorable day.
A Splashtastic day!
1) Victory Gallop Vs. Real Quiet 1998 Belmont Stakes
2) Birdstone Vs. Smarty Jones 2004 Belmont Stakes
3) Tiznow 2001 Breeders’ Cup Classic
4) Rachel Alexandra 2009 Woodward Stakes
5) Smarty Jones 2004 Kentucky Derby
6) Afleet Alex 2005 Preakness Stakes
7) Monarchos 2001 Kentucky Derby
8) Curlin 2008 Jockey Club Gold Cup
9) Ghostzapper Vs. Saint Liam 2004 Woodward Stakes
10) Alpha-Golden Ticket Dead-Heat 2012 Travers Stakes
11) Arrrrr Arrrrr Arrrrr!
12) Union Rags 2012 Belmont Stakes
13) Cat Thief 1999 Breeders’ Cup Classic
14) Rachel Alexandra 2009 Preakness Stakes
15) Bellamy Road 2005 Wood Memorial
16) War Emblem 2002 Kentucky Derby
17) Sarava 2002 Belmont Stakes
18) Funny Cide 2004 Jockey Club Gold Cup
19) Victory Gallop Vs. Behrens 1999 Whitney
20) Flat Out 2013 Cigar Mile
Tom Durkin’s Final Call At Saratoga –Condo Commando August 31, 2014 Spinaway