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Tom Durkin April 26 announced his decision to not to renew his contract to call the Triple Crown races this year for NBC Sports.

“The experience I’ve had working with NBC Sports over the last 27 years has been the most satisfying and rewarding of my professional life,” said Tom Durkin in a statement. "And so, it is with deep regret that I have made the decision not to renew my contract as NBC’s Triple Crown announcer. It was an extremely difficult decision to make and one that came after almost a year of reflection. Because of the stress of the event I felt it was not in the interest of my best health. My biggest disappointment though, is not being able to work with my NBC colleagues, many of whom have become some of my dearest friends.”

Durkin, 60, had been affiliated with NBC Sports for 27 years. According to the Daily Racing Form, Durkin, who has called the last 30 Triple Crown races on network television, will continue to work as the announcer at the New York Racing Association’s three tracks–Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. Durkin is under contract with NYRA through the fall of 2015.

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One of the best ever. The 2009 Derby wasn't his best with Mine That Bird but all in all his calls alone bring excitement to the race. Glad we can still hear him at the NYRA tracks
IM hoping that they bring back dave johnson. Im miss his vintage " AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME"
Such a shame to see Durkin leaving, he was classic. I hope it's not Denman, he has so little variety in his calls, way too predictable!
I hope it'
I agree about his last two calls...I saw a quote from him that he regrets spotting Mine That Bird so late. He also dropped the ball in the Belmont. Regardless....He is still one of the most exciting and clever race callers I have ever heard. Mark Johnson or Trevor are my votes...Mark is so clever and uses so many different words to describe what is happening! Trevor has some unbelievable one liners.... Larry Collmus is cool, but I really hope it isnt him.
I say Durkin goes down as greatest voice ever to be broadcast.. He's just tired of it now...Always best to go out on top vs hanging too long....
I thought his last Derby calls were really bad so i can see why he must be under a lot of pressure. I'm really hoping for Mark Johnson to be the new voice of the Derby :O!
I'm hoping its Trevor he has the best ever "and they have to sprout wings to get him"
They are saying Larry Collmus, but I am not a huge fan. I would prefer Trevor Denman, John G. Dooley, and Mark Johnson (Churchill On-Track Announcer).
Please don't let it be Battaglia as replacement!! lol
Best Tom Durkin calls of all time?
I am pretty beat up about this announcement. I am fairly young and a new Derby goer, but I really look forward to Tom Durkin's calls. I think the race call is on of the most overlooked part of our sport. When I think back to my list of favorite races, they always seem to have an unbelivable call. Durkin's calls are abundant on that list. I went to the Derby for the last two years and was on youtube before I returned to the hotel to try to find Durkin's call for the race. No offense to Mark Johnson, who is a great race caller in his own right.
Man, he was such a good anouncer
Will he still call the races thisyear or is it the next year or so that he will stop. I hope they get Larry Colmus or maybe Trevor Denman to replace him, but Durkins my favorite, the best of all time.

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