WP Welcomes Comm Dir Alicia Hughes and Handicapper Andrew Demsky

February 7, 2019
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has announced that it has hired Alicia Wincze-Hughes as Director of NTRA Communications. A winner of numerous national writing awards for her coverage of Thoroughbred racing, Hughes has spent the last two years as a staff writer and racing editor at BloodHorse. Alicia will join us to discuss the transition to the new position and her role in the NTRA’s promotion of thoroughbred racing in the U.S. All eyes will be on Tampa Bay Downs this Saturday as the quaint track will feature 3 graded stakes races. Carrying points for the Kentucky Derby is the Grade 3 $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. The solid undercard on the day is the Grade 3 $175,000 Lambholm Southern Endeavor Stakes; Grade 3 $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes and the $150,000 Suncoast Stakes. Andrew Demsky, the track's Paddock Preview Host, videographer and handicapping expert, will be among a group of featured speakers. Andrew joins John for analysis of these diverse stakes.

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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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