Legendary track announcer Tom Durkin has joined the West Point Thoroughbreds partnership that owns a minority interest in GI Florida Derby hero and GI Kentucky Derby contender Always Dreaming (Bodemeister). In addition to West Point Thoroughbreds, the bay’s ownership group includes MeB Racing Stables LLC, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stabless LLC and Siena Farm.
“I always wondered how it would feel to be in the paddock as an owner of a horse in the Kentucky Derby,” said Durkin. “Now, it’s surreal to think I could be in the winner’s circle. I’m grateful to the entire ownership group for the opportunity to own a part of a special horse.”
Durkin began owning racehorses with West Point after retiring from racing in 2014. He currently owns eight horses through the partnership, including GI Pegasus World Cup contender Breaking Lucky (Lookin at Lucky).
“Tom is an incredible ambassador for our industry,” said West Point Thoroughbreds CEO Terry Finley. “Vinnie and Teresa Viola and Anthony and Mary Ellen Bonomo welcomed such a beloved person into the ownership group with open arms. Participating in the Kentucky Derby is truly special, and if we’re lucky enough to have our colt wear the roses, the experience will be even more meaningful having a friend like Tom celebrating with us.”