"Winning Ponies" Welcomes DRF Brad Free and Race Caller Ed Meyer
July 23, 2020
Hosted by John Engelhardt
This week it will be the best racing Coast to Coast from Del Mar to Saratoga! It has been a while since we caught up with Brad Free an author and West Coast correspondent from the Daily Racing Form. Perhaps the race with the most national interest will be the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap where Maximum Security, who was moved from John Servis to the barn of Bob Baffert has been working strongly at Santa Anita and Del Mar for his return to the races since February. Brad will also give us his insights to the Grade 2 San Clemente and Sunday’s Grade 2 Eddie Read. Since our "Regular Guy" Ed Meyer has had time to watch trends at the Saratoga Meet we are reaching out to him for his laser-focused handicapping on Friday’s Grade 3 Quick Call with 3-year-olds dashing 5 ½ on the turf and Saturday’s Grade 2 Ballston Spa featuring the return of champion Sistercharlie, plus the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap that features the fastest horses in the east, including three millionaires.
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.”