Retired Jockey Donna Barton and DRF Analyst Matt Bernier

August 3, 2017
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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Donna Barton Brothers began riding professionally in 1987. Her mother was a jockey and her father was a rough-stock rider on the rodeo circuit. Her brother and sister are former jockeys. She retired from race riding in 1998, as the 2nd leading female jockey in the country by money earned. That same year she married former horse trainer Frank Brothers. She began dabbling in on-air horse racing coverage of the important events with various T.V. networks. Fresh from a 2 week trip in South Africa she will tell us about her career in the saddle and the book she published in 2011 "Inside Track: Insider's Guide to Horse Racing." Matt Bernier, last seen on the National broadcast of the Haskell Stakes where he gave out Girvin as his choice and the colt caught McCraken by a nose to pay $20.40. Matt and John will 'cap the 1.2 mil Whitney (G1); the $500,000 Test (G1) and the $200,000 Hall of Fame S. (G2) from Saratoga. If time allows from Mountaineer the $250,000 West Virginia Derby.

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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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