'Winning Ponies' Welcomes Award-Winning Writers and Handicappers Tom LaMarra and Tom Law

July 16, 2020
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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This week’s show will be the tales of two Tom’s – both of them award-winning writers and avid handicappers. First out of the gate will be Tom LaMarra, who covers the Mid-Atlantic region, but hails from New Jersey and will be focusing on Monmouth Park on a day they feature five graded stakes races. The card is highlighted by the $1,000,000 Grade 1 TVG Haskell and horses searching to punch their ticket for the Kentucky Derby and the prestigious Grade 1 $300,000 United Nations. Tom Law will be our second guest. He is a key part of the team that produces the sensational coverage in the “Saratoga Special.” He will tell us about this “Special” meet that has many twists and turns in this bizarre year we are living through. He will weigh in on the schedule of the stakes due to the “Kentucky Derby Shuffle” and the effect of restrictions on the jockey colony. Tom will also tell us how a spectator-free meet is impacting the local community and the distribution of the “Saratoga Special.”

Winning Ponies

Winning Ponies

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.

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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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