Pressure off Durkin at Belmont

Updated: June 24, 2011, 2:35 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

ELMONT, N.Y. -- He doesn't host the post position draw, simply calls his nine races as if it were an average Wednesday. There are fried oysters and pasta waiting for him at Fiore, a little Italian restaurant on Tulip Avenue. Around six o'clock, Tom Durkin steps down from his announcer's booth high above the Belmont Park finish line and into the heat of a humid June evening.

It's been a simple week for the 60-year-old race caller, who has removed himself from the usual hoopla of ...

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