Horse Racing Show Host, Expert Ken Rudulph, 41
Samuels, Adrienne P., Ebony
Black people have a long history in horse racing and Rudulph is penning the next chapter as an on-air personality covering the sport for TVG, America's only horse racing TV network.
A former California sports anchor on regular TV, Rudulph traded the World Series and NBA Finals for the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby. He knew nothing about horse racing when he started nine years ago, but now he's good enough to pick Derby winners.
He hosts a number of shows on the 24-hour cable network, including Fandicapping. He also spends most of his time at racetracks from Barbados and France to California and New York state.
"It's just one of those situations where I've been lucky enough to absorb a lot of information and a lot of the fans respect the fact that I'm an outsider who put a whole lot of time into understanding the game," says Rudulph.
Now, he's practically a wagering pro. In 2005, he selected Giacomo to win the Kentucky Derby. Everyone thought Rudulph was off his rocker, but Giacomo--a 50-1 longshot--won.
"That was one of my greatest days ever," he remembers. "I picked that horse about a year in advance. …