WP Welcomes Jockey Jon Court and Announcer Vic Stauffer
April 11, 2019
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Hot Springs will be bubbling with outstanding racing this weekend and we have two of the stars of the show at Oaklawn Park joining us. Starting with the "Ageless" Jon Court who hopes to do the improbable by upsetting the Bob Baffert star Improbable for the 2nd time. Court ran down the heavily favored Improbable in the first division of the $750,000 Rebel with 8-1 shot Long Range Toddy. At 58 Court has no thoughts of retirement and credits his longevity at the highest level to bio-hacking, "the process of using science, biology and self-experimentation to take control and upgrade your body, mind and life' he said. Despite drawing the outside post 11, Long Range Toddy has been installed as the 2nd choice at 4-1, while Improbable, drew the rail and is favored at 7-2. Vic Stauffer, the Oaklawn announcer and a competitor in national handicapping contests, will join John to cover the $1 million Arkansas Derby; $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap and Sunday's $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap.
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.
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.”