'Winning Ponies' Welcomes NTW President Tom Law and WinStar Trainer Destin Heath
October 22, 2020
Hosted by John Engelhardt
On a day where Belmont Park is presenting a stakes laden card featuring NY-breds we thought we’d reach out to the President of the National Turf Writers Tom Law is who is born and bred upstate New Yorker. Tom Law and Joe Clancy started producing content for the NYTB this summer, so timing is good to talk about the Showcase Day at Belmont. Tom and John will discuss Tom’s latest ventures and handicap the two baby races carrying $150,000 purses – the Maid of the Mist for fillies and the Sleepy Hollow for colts and geldings. The $175,000 Empire Classic for older horses will round out the day. Destin Heath was the cover boy on Blood-Horse last week featuring his hard-working daily duties as the trainer for WinStar farm at their facility in Lexington. Destin has served many roles in racing including working for Tom Drury, who will have Art Collector in the BC Mile. He will share his story of his early days in the industry and ascent to his current position at WinStar.
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.”