WP Welcomes Trainer Kyle Rothfus and Handicapper Bob Roberts

November 29, 2018
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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Kyle Rothfus who is a Retired Racehorse Project trainer & Mare / war horse specialist will take us through the story of Worthy of Wings, a hard knocking thoroughbred mare who not only had 138 starts, but survived the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico. The efforts of many were able to help her find her way home in Ohio. Kyle has agreed to take her and retrain her for 2019. He will find her a good home after the makeover. Turf writer and handicapper Bob “Railbird” Roberts, a native of Cleveland will share stories of a man he shared a press box with for many years. Chuck Scaravilli, a man who wore many hats in racing over the decades, and died at age 90 in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 17, 2018. Scaravilli galloped horses as a teenager, trained for almost 40 years, and worked for DRF from 1967 to 1997, at which time chart-calling was taken over by Equibase. Bob will join John to analyze the four graded stakes races at Aqueduct including the Grade 1 $750,000 Cigar Mile.

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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.

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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

December 2018

November 2018

  • 11/29/2018: WP Welcomes Trainer Kyle Rothfus and Handicapper Bob Roberts Listen Now
  • 11/15/2018: WP Welcomes Writer Dan Tordjman and Handicapper Ed DeRosa Listen Now
  • 11/8/2018: WP Welcomes Retired Jockey Eddie Donnally and Racecaller Ed Meyer Listen Now
  • 11/1/2018: 2018 Breeders' Cup Special Edition Listen Now

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