WP Welcomes HBPA Dave Basler and Handicapper Ryan Martin
March 21, 2019
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Dave Basler just returned from the Annual H.B.P.A. meeting in Tampa, Florida. He has been the Executive Director of both the Ohio HBPA and the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Health Fund since 2007. Basler also represents the National HBPA as that group's chairman of both the Medication and Model Rules Committees at many national meetings including the ARCI, RMTC and Racing Symposium along with National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback. He will give us an update on the most important issues discussed by their membership. Handicapper Ryan Martin will join John to analyze the 4 graded races with War of Will heading up the Gr. 2 $1 million Louisiana Derby, and Serengeti Empress favored over the girls in the Gr. 2 $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks – both will have major impacts on entry into the starting gates in the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Supporting races will be the Gr. 2 $400,000 New Orleans Handicap and the Gr. 2 $300,000 Muniz Memorial – a salute to Fair Grounds legends Mervin and Ramone Muniz.
Thursday at 5 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
On the show we will talk about the Sport of Kings. We will delve into the different features of the WinningPonies.com website. John Engelhardt will talk about the issues of the day that affect horse racing, such as synthetic surfaces, medication rule changes, the fate of the industry as a whole, VLTs and Casinos, and human interest stories of triumph and defeat. You will also hear our spot play of the week, where John will handicap the feature races for the upcoming weekend, and will give out his best plays. We will keep you abreast racing’s big events. Featured on the show will be guests (trainers, jockeys, jockey’s agents, owners, and celebrity handicappers). Promotional giveaways will be featured, such as brand merchandise and free WinningCredits.
"Winning Ponies" is broadcast live every Thursday at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
You may recognize him as "Racing's Regular Guy." For ten years, John Engelhardt hosted the informative and sometimes irreverent handicapping show from his base at River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio. He developed a passion for thoroughbred racing as a youngster at Saratoga, and has been able to make his love of the sport his life's calling.
Engelhardt, a native of Syracuse, New York is a graduate of the University of Dayton. His professional career in racing began as the track photographer at Beulah Park in 1983 and he has worked in racing ever since. John produced "The Stretch Run" for eight years, which aired on the CBS affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. For four years Engelhardt co-hosted "The Regular Guy Handicapping Show on HOMER 1530-AM in Cincinnati with former "Winning Ponies" host Ed Meyer.
John served as the President of the Turf Publicists of America in 2009 and 2010, after serving several years as the Midwest Vice-President of that organization. He is currently a consultant for Pinnacle Entertainment handling publicity, public relations, marketing, advertising and special events for River Downs. Under the "nom-de-course" of Heart of an Angel Stable, he has bred and owned thoroughbreds for 18 years.
"Racing's Regular Guy" has been exposed to racing on many levels and greets the sport with enthusiasm and well-rounded knowledge. Tune in Thursdays at 5PM PT, as he welcomes nationally recognized guests, who will help you find those "Winning Ponies.”