Retired Jockey Donna Barton and DRF Analyst Dan Illman

August 24, 2017
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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In Donna Barton Brothers' role at Starlight, she has been focusing on women in racing through Starlight and StarLadies Racing. Starlight Racing is the longtime core partnership that Jack & Laurie Wolf started in 2001. While they used to buy both colts and a few fillies, this year Starlight Racing will purchase only colts. StarLadies Racing is an all female partnership started by Laurie Wolf and Barbara Lucarelli. StarLadies Racing purchases only fillies. In 2011 Donna published a book titled 'Inside Track: Insider’s Guide to Horse Racing.' The Midsummer Derby will be a historic event. With Always Dreaming and stablemate Tapwrit, the Belmont Stakes winner who is also expected to run, it marks the first time that the 3 individual winners of three Triple Crown races will meet in the Travers since 1982, when Runaway Groom upset classic winners Gato del Sol, Aloma's Ruler, and Conquistador Cielo. John will be joined by one of the top handicappers in the country, DRF's Dan Illman.

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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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