'Winning Ponies' Welcomes Bob "Railbird" Roberts and DRF Handicapper Dan Illman

August 6, 2020
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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What an amazing weekend of racing and we have brought in two regional experts to help us see how the races will develop. It is a Graded Stakes loaded card at Saratoga highlighted by the "Midsummer Derby" - the $1 million G1 Travers Stakes that will feature the pre-Derby favorite Tiz the Law in a race offering top tier points to get into the Kentucky Derby. The undercard is very strong with the G1 $300,000 "Win and You're In" Ballerina: G1 $300,000 Longines Test: G3 $200,000 Troy and if time allows Friday's G2 Saratoga Special, a major national test for 2-year-olds. Bob "Railbird" Roberts is a home grown Cleveland guy who covered the beat for decades for the Cleveland Plain Dealer at Thistledown. The track will play host to five $100,000 tests for Buckeye-breds that often determines divisional champions. Dan Illman is the DRF.com Handicapping Editor and host of the Daily Racing Form News Desk. Both Bob and Dan will join John to bring their top picks for our listeners.

Winning Ponies

Winning Ponies

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, owners, celebrity handicappers and industry insiders). 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.

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John Engelhardt

John Engelhardt

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.”

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Episode Directory

August 2020

  • 8/13/2020: "Winning Ponies" Welcomes Back Jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. and Horse Tourneys' Eric Wing Coming Soon
  • 8/6/2020: 'Winning Ponies' Welcomes Bob "Railbird" Roberts and DRF Handicapper Dan Illman Listen Now

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