Track announcer Tom Durkin at UofL, talking horse racing’s issues

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Many horse racing fans were able to put a face to the voice at the University of Louisville [Equine Industry Program] on Wednesday night.

“It’s an important time in horse racing,” he said. “We’ve had our fair share of problems. We’re going to have to address part of that (including possibly putting the) federal government in charge of oversight, which would be a very big thing. There’s medication issues that have to be resolved. All things that have to be thought out carefully.”

Durkin said he makes it back to Churchill Downs often. He was a part owner of My Boy Jack, who finished fifth in the 2018 Kentucky Derby, and also was part owner of Always Dreaming, who won it the year before.

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