Monthly Archives: May 2009

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HENRY "DUFFY" RATHBUN

Breeder/owner Henry Tompkins “Duffy” Rathbun died March 19 in Cape Coral, Fla., from complications following a heart attack. He was 87.

Rathbun and his wife, Sheilah, owned a 30-acre farm near Middleburg, Va., where they maintained a small broodmare band. Together and separately, they were represented as breeders by seven stakes winner, four of which they raced, including graded winner Miss Otis. Her victory came in the 1992 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.

Born in Elmira, N.Y.,… Continue reading

DURKIN CATCHING FLAK OVER BOTCHED DERBY CALL

NBC uses long time NYRA announcer Tom Durkin for it’s televised call of the Kentucky Derby, and not the regular announcer at Churchill Downs, Mark Johnson. Unfortunately for the peacock network, Durkin didn’t seem to notice Mine That Bird’s electric move from the top of the stretch until somewhere south of the sixteeth pole.

There has been plenty of press about it, and here is the article from the guys over at Deadspin with a replay of the race that… Continue reading