'Winning Ponies' Welcomes Back HRRN Mike Penna and Blood-Horse Frank Angst
July 9, 2020
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Since the creation of HRRN Mike Penna has put together a talented team of guests and handicappers – many have appeared on winningponies.com This week they will be covering the races at Keeneland and will feature the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday. Mike will join John to discuss the growth of the network, his “Stable of Stars” and Saturday’s coverage of the prestigious Blue Grass Stakes.. Frank Angst, award winning writer from the Blood-Horse, will look at the sensational Saturday at Keeneland. In his last two appearances he produced several upset winners at very nice prices. The stakes-laden card will be anchored by the prestigious Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, a $600,000 Grade 2 event that carries points towards the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Kenny McPeek has Swiss Skydiver entered with hopes for her to become the first filly to ever win this derby prep. The undercard includes includes the G1 $250,000 Madison; G2 $150,000 Shakertown, G1 $350,000 Jenny Wiley and the G1 $400,000 Ashland.
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.”