Durkin, Perrotta Team Up For Audio Book, ‘Half A Chance’

by | 01.12.2018 | 3:38pm
Tom Durkin gives a thumbs up during his retirement speech at Saratoga in 2014

Two lifelong racetrackers who share a passion for the sport, a love of language and a gift for storytelling have pooled their talents to produce a newly released audio book called Half A Chance that is now available at http://www.tomdurkin.com and on Audible.com

Half A Chance is the third of four books for author/screenwriter John Perrotta. who has enlisted the talents of his old friend and famed racing announcer Tom Durkin to bring this novel to life,

“John Perrotta has crafted a brisk, fast-paced book that covers several genres., Durkin said. “It is a complex caper story, a tale of loyalty and betrayal and , yes, a love story. It is populated with every manner of character that one could conjure up; gamblers, bumbling bankers, cops, floozies and goons. And, good guys – a kaleidoscope of colorful racetrack characters.”

Perrotta, who was recently named Vice President, Operations at Santa Anita Racetrack, needed only to draw on his experience in racing to create the collection of players for this novel. Except for attending the University of Miami where he “majored in tanning but settled for a degree in philosophy” and a brief career as a newspaper reporter, Perrotta always gravitated back to the track and has worked as a hotwalker, mutuel clerk, jockey agent, owner, breeder and stable manager. Perrotta is also a writer, and collaborated on the HBO television series “Luck.” He has authored of four books: Racetracker: Life with Grifters and Gamblers, If Wishes Were Horses, Out of Luck and Half A Chance, which is the first to become an audiobook.

Says Perrotta: “Half A Chance is where love and greed hit head-on.”

Durkin retired in 2014 after a 24-year stint as the New York Racing Association's announcer at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. From announcing races at fairs and smaller tracks, Durkin worked his way to the big leagues, first at Hialeah Park in Florida and then to New York. His broad, well-crafted style made him a fan favorite, and he called more than 80,000 races all over the world. Working with NBC and ESPN, Durkin was the longtime voice of America's Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup races.

A veteran of film and theater, Durkin got another chance to flex is acting muscles by giving voice(s) to Half A Chance.

“As a narrator, this was a gold mine,” Durkin said. “I think I've got 15 or so different voices. Most of all, it is all about the racetrack with all the fun and drama that comes with it. I had a ball with this project!”

The audio version of Half A Chance may be purchased at http://www.tomdurkin.com or https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Half-a-Chance-Audiobook/B077H3T8CB

About John Perrotta: Recently named Vice President, Operations at Santa Anita Racecourse, Perrotta has worked in theThoroughbred racing industry for most of his life. In 2012,famed television writer/producer David Milch enlisted Perrotta as a contributing writer and consultant for his racetrack-themed drama “LUCK” for HBO. The pilot was directed by Michael Mann and its heavyweight cast included Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, the late Dennis Farina and even jockeys Gary Stevens and Chantal Sutherland. When the show was canceled, Perrotta continued to write. He is the author of four books and the father of four children, He resides in California, Florida and Ireland, where he is involved in the Irish Thoroughbred breeding industry, His website is http://www.jrperrotta.com

About Tom Durkin: Tom Durkin is best known as the voice of horse racing's Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown and as the announcer for the New York Racing Association tracks at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga. A trained actor, Durkin has had several voice-over roles in movies such as Woody Allen's”Mighty Aphrodite”, “All Dogs Go to Heaven” and in 2014 “St. Vincent” with Bill Murray. In demand as a public speaker and emcee, and respected for his philanthropic endeavors, Durkin is a representative of the Saratoga Springs, NY-based West Point Thoroughbreds, and has launched his own sound recording business at http://www.tomdurkin.com

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