Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ahoy Mates-Arrrrr is Coming

Arrrrr is racing again folks, albeit 7 days late as he missed International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th.

Arrrrr, the 4 year old gelding with 2 first place wins at Saratoga this summer is running at Belmont Thursday in the sixth race.

His wins were made that more exciting by the calls from track announcer Tom Durkin. He also ran once this fall at Belmont, but Durkin was off that day and Arrrrr ran out of the money. Durkin will be back tomorrow but he has hinted his exaggerated Arrrrr calls will be put to rest. However if Arrrrr is in contention down the stretch it will be interesting to see if Durkin can restrain himself.

Post time for the sixth at Belmont tomorrow is scheduled for 3:40 p.m.

UPDATE: Arrrr came in 4th. Missed the call but according to the Equibase Charts, Arrrr raced along the stretch, needed encouragement to keep pace with the leader during the run around the bend, and tired after entering the stretch.


Anonymous said...

I love that he "hinted they will be put to rest." That's one of the first things I said after the last call. They wre VERY funny and entertaining, but I think enough is enough. Hopefully he'll tone it down, change it up, or just call it without theatrics.

I love Durkin and LOVE is Arrr's and Doremi's...but like everything else, you need to be wary of the proverbial "jumping the shark."


Rich said...

Years ago at Suffolk Downs, there was a horse named "Wrecked 'em".
I would have loved to hear Durkin call that one!