2020 Preakness Special Edition with DRF Dan Illman and HRN Brian Zipse

October 1, 2020
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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This Saturday's 145th Preakness Stakes will offer Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a chance for a 6-6 record of KY Derby-Preakness double, when Authentic will go to the post from gate 9. Made a 9-5 favorite on the morning line, Authentic with stablemate Thousand Words (with blinkers) will offer Baffert his 7th Preakness win. Dan Illman will anchor the DRF view with insight and input on DRF.com. We will play to Dan’s strengths, and after his input on the Preakness, we will analyze the top Graded races at Belmont Park - the Gr. 1, Joe Hirsch; Gr. 1, Belmont Derby and the Gr. 3 Pilgrim. Brian Zipse has been following the Preakness Stakes closely and just penned a great story on the filly in the field, Swiss Skydiver on Horse Racing Nation. It is not only Preakness Day on Saturday, but the centerpiece of "Fall Star All Stars" at Keeneland. Brian and John will give their best bets on 3 of the Grade 1 Stakes - the Shadwell Turf Mile, the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity and the First Lady.

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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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November 2020

October 2020

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