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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Rich Perloff’s Next Act

Rich Perloff (photo courtesy of Rich Perloff)

Rich Perloff remembers well his first day at the races, going with his father to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., where they saw future Hall of Famer Ack Ack suffer his lone defeat in a 1971 Horse of the Year campaign that included Eclipse Awards as champion sprinter and champion older male.

Fast forward to last weekend, when Perloff signed off FanDuel TV (formerly TVG) for the final time after a 22-year run with the horse racing network that originally hired him as a researcher before putting him on the air as a host and handicapper. Perloff had performed many times before, but it was  in front of a live audience in theaters, not television cameras.

Throughout his years at FanDuel, Perloff developed a bond with viewers, especially on the slow racing days of Monday and Tuesday, when he would be the solo anchor for a four-hour shift. He relates that it was like sitting at the track with friends, sharing stories about favorite horses, movies, and life in general.

Perloff joins Ray Paulick and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills in this week's Friday Show to talk about the route he took from the theater and teaching on college campuses to a two-decade career on television. He also shares some insights on handicapping, especially on how newcomers to the game can become more proficient at picking winners. As for his next act, Perloff said he'll be spending more time acting and directing (saying he never really left the theater during his time at FanDuel).

Watch this week's episode of The Friday Show below:

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