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Last call for horse racing announcer Tom Durkin

(AP) -- 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. (MORE)

Big Cazanova wins feature at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Big Cazanova led all the way in winning the $83,130 feature by six lengths in track-record time at Del Mar on Thursday. (MORE)

Honors await race caller Tom Durkin at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Track announcer Tom Durkin will be honored at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday after calling his last race in a 43-year career. (MORE)

Startup Nation wins With Anticipation at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Startup Nation rallied from last to first with a powerful move around the turn and sprinted clear to a 4 1/2-length victory Thursday in the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. (MORE)

2-time Horse of Year Wise Dan to return to races

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is set to return to the races this weekend at Saratoga, 3 1/2 months after having emergency surgery. (MORE)

Long Hot Summer wins stakes at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Long Hot Summer won the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length at Del Mar on Wednesday. (MORE)

Santa Anita to reopen renovated surface next month

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Santa Anita's newly renovated main track will reopen for training on Sept. 2, three weeks before the autumn meet begins. (MORE)

2 California preps added to Derby, Oaks qualifiers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The series that decides which 20 horses qualify to run in the Kentucky Derby is adding a new qualifier. (MORE)

AP Source: IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, a person close to the situation said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on this week condition of anonymity because the race date has not been publicly announced. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and IndyCar president Mark Miles were scheduled to take part in press conference Wednesday afternoon at NOLA Motorsports Park, which will host the race. (MORE)

Horse Makari dies in steeplechase at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Horse Makari fell after clipping the final fence and died on the track Monday during the Grade 1 $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup. (MORE)

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